Mumbai: Vishvanath Mahadeshwar will be Shiv Sena's candidate for the Mayor's post and Hareshwar Worlikar is Deputy Mayor nominee in Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Shiv Sena announced Saturday.
The elctions for both the posts are scheduled to be held on March 08, 2017.
While Vishvanath Mahadeshwar represents Golibar Naka, Santacruz (E) area in Mumbai, Hareshwar Worlikar represents Worli-Parel area.
In the election held on February 21, Shiv Sena won 84 seats while its one-time ally the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won 82 seats. The BMC has a total of 227 seats and a strength of 114 is needed to have Mayor and Dy Mayor.
However, the party with the highest number of corporators can get its candidates elected for the two posts so long as other parties do not come together and put up joint candidates.
The 227-member BMC now has 84 plus 4 (independents) members of Shiv Sena, 82 plus 1 of BJP, 31 of Congress, 09 of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), 07 of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), 06 of Samajwadi Party, 02 of Owaisi-led AIMIM, 01 of ABS 1 and 01 Independent.
After Geeta Gawli, who won as the candidate of the local outfit Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) pledging support to the BJP, the party's effective strength has gone up to 83, according to PTI.
The BJP-Sena relations, as partners in the state and central government, hit a new low in the backdrop of civic elections across Maharashstra, which saw the saffron parties contesting separately and hurling charges at each other.
The two parties have been together for nearly three decades but after the recent split, the Sena has even threatened that it may pull out of the BJP-led government in the state any time.
Meanwhile, Bala Nandgaonkar, former MLA of Raj Thackeray-led MNS, said that his party would be happy if a Sena Mayor gets elected. But the party also said that it wants a Marathi to be on key posts.