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6 MNS corporators in BMC defect to arch-rival party Shiv Sena

The move comes as a major shock to Sena ally, Bharatiya Janata Party

IANS  |  Mumbai 

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In a major political development, at least six of the seven corporators of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday walked over to the rival Shiv Sena, official sources confirmed.

The group of six have sought permission of the Konkan Divisional Commissioner to be recognized as a separate group.

They are expected to support the in the BMC, said a top MNS leader, though the party leadership has not reacted to the development.

The move comes as a major shock to Sena ally, (BJP) which on Thursday proclaimed that "very soon, a Mayor would rule over the BMC" after the party bagged the Bhandup ward in the civic by-elections on Thursday.

The who have switched sides are Archana S. Bhalerao, Parmeshwar T. Kadam, Ashwini A. Matekar, Dattaram S. Narvankar, Harshala A. More and Dilip B. Lande.

Now, the sole MNS corporator left in the is Sanjay R. Turde, whose moves were scuttled at the last minute for some unknown reasons.

Stunned by the sudden development, the cried foul and hurled allegations of "horse-trading" by lodging complaints with the Maharashtra State Election Commission, Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Konkan Development Commissioner.

Buoyed by Thursday's victory in the Bhandup civic by-poll, MP Kirit Somaiya had declared that now the had 84 corporators and the BJP 83.

"Very soon, the BJP will become 84 and our Mayor will be appointed," Somaiya had predicted, sending jitters in the

According to sources, the Sena burnt the midnight oil to work out its political strategy to avert the possibility of losing its control over the country's richest municipal body, with Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar playing a key role in weaning away the

In the 227-member BMC, the current party-wise position is Shiv Sena 84 and four independents, BJP 83 and two independents, Congress 30, Nationalist Congress Party nine, MNS seven, Samajwadi Party six and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) two corporators.

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 20:03 IST