BJP eyes Nashik mayors post with MNS

By: | Updated: 24 Feb 2012 09:01 AM

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Friday it is
not averse to allying with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to stake
claim to the mayor's post.

The MNS, which has emerged as the single largest party with 44 members in
122-member house, is struggling to garner much-needed support of other
corporators to wrest administrative control of the Nashik Municipal

BJP state president Sudhir Mungantiwar indicated that his party had no
objection to allying with MNS if this got it the mayor's post.

"However, we shall first consult our alliance partners (Shiv Sena and the
Republican Party of India) before taking any decision," Mungantiwar said.

The MNS has become the most watched party after its better-than-expected
performance in the recent gram panchayat, zilla parishad and municipal
corporation elections across the state.

It has become the largest single party in the Nashik civic body, but has
fallen way short of the magic figure of 62 to command a simple majority.

On the other hand, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale, a BJP-Shiv Sena ally, held
consultations on Thursday with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on a
possible alliance.

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First Published: 24 Feb 2012 09:01 AM
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