Battle for Mumbai

Mumbai is voting today to decide which party will control the country’s richest civic body the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC.


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The on-going elections will be a trial of survival for the ruling Shiv Sena while ally Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now the dominant partner in Maharashtra, is seeing the electoral battle to take control of Asia’s richest civic body to create space for itself in the city’s political landscape.

Political observers say the election will primarily be a Shiv Sena versus BJP battle.

Let’s check, what makes a municipal poll big enough to shake state & national alliances?

The Fight

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Elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) the civic body that governs Mumbai happen today i.e. – on Feb 21, 2017



Like there is tenure of election code, there is tenure of this notice period’

                            -Uddhav Thakeray saying Maharashtra Govt. was on a ‘NOTICE PERIOD”


“My Govt. will survive even if the Sena pulls out

                                             -Devendra Fadnavis


The Reason

BMC is the Richest Municipal Body of India’s Commercial Capital


The Prize

BMC’s budget is more than that of some states

Size of 2016-17 budget in Rupees Cr




The Power play

BMC elections are really big and is powerful politically


60 of 288 MLAs in Maharashtra assembly come from the Mumbai region



11 of 48 MPs that Maharashtra sends to parliament are from Mumbai region


Friends or Foes?

BJP is the senior partner in Maharashtra assembly but was the junior partner in BMC


Assembly :

BJP (122) + Shiv Sena (63)

BJP won 15 of 36 assembly seats from Mumbai, one more than Shiv Sena



Shiv Sena (75) + BJP (31)


Other Teams

The other parties in the fray are Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

There are chances that as in assembly polls, NCP will show up as a potential spoiler for Shiv Sena

Party/ No. of corporators  ( 2012 BMC polls)

MNS- 27

NCP- 7

Independents- 28

Halfway mark – 114


Bombay meri Jaan

A hold over Mumbai will allow the BJP govt. in the state to govern more peacefully; but the big question is “WILL IT BE ABLE TO?”


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News Information :-  India Today