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Mumbai BJP unit for contesting BMC elections alone: Somaiya

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Buoyed by BJP's impressive show in the recently held municipal council polls in Maharashtra, a party MP today said its unit is for contesting forthcoming high-voltage elections sans its partner of nearly two decades in the civic body, the

Speaking to reporters in premise, MP from Mumbai, Kirit Somaiya, said the unit, however, is open to forming alliance with other small allies "if they wish to make the megapolis mafia-free".

Considered as Asia's richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is expected to go to polls in February next year.

"After the unprecedented victory (in the council polls), our target is (to win) elections, to make mafia-free.

"It is the sentiment of unit president Ashish Shelar, me and each of the BJP's members that the party contests the on its own. Our workers are prepared to contest all the 227 wards," Somaiya said.

The Parliamentarian from Mumbai North-East constituency said the though is open to form alliance with other small parties in NDA "if they too want to make Mumbai mafia-free".

On asked if the figured among such allies, Somaiya said Mumbaikars will not let the BJP go along with "those who looted and handed over Mumbai to mafias", suggesting the strained ties between the two parties.

He also listed alleged scams which took place in the cash-rich municipal body, dominated by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

"Mumbaikars will not let us go along with those people. One party has looted Mumbai a lot. We will declare names of such people at appropriate time," he said in a veiled attack.

The and BJP are currently enjoying power at Centre and in the state government too. The parties though share uneasy relationship ever since they parted ways in the run up to assembly polls held in November 2014.

The BJP emerged as the major gainer in elections held for 164 municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Maharashtra, winning highest number of seats at 893 out of 3727 seats.

The Shiv Sena had emerged as the largest party in the during the previous polls held in 2012, winning around 75 seats in 227-capacity House. The BJP had won close to 30 seats.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 18:57 IST