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Yeh Dil Maange More!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Suresh Golani

Despite Win, BJP poachers eyeing MBMC majority

Despite registering a thumping majority with a grab of 61 out of the 95 seats in the recently conducted Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) elections, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) seems desperate to further augment its existing tally by hook or by crook.

Less than a month after the results were declared on August, 21, BJP legislator- Narendra Mehta has straightaway embark on a poaching spree to woo recently elected Shiv Sena corporators into his party fold. The situation can be best described with the famous Pepsi tagline-Yeh Dil Maange More! This is what exactly happened last week when Sena corporator- Raju Bhoir was welcomed into the BJP and was seen sporting the party’s muffler  in the presence of Chief Minister- Devendra Fadnavis. The pictures had gone viral on various social media platforms. However Bhoir hurriedly released a press note stating that he was a Sena loyalist but was tricked by the BJP leaders into wearing their party’s muffler.

According to political experts, the unbelievable denial was nothing but a desperate attempt to dodge the Anti Defection Law. Apart from a much smoother sail and a derisive dismissal of the opposition as strategy to scare and diminish it, a two-third majority has other advantages and privileges including listing of specific resolutions in the agenda for it to be tabled and discussed in the house at the eleventh hour and to move motions at will. Mehta has already gone on record that it was not only Bhoir who had joined his party but some other corporators will soon follow suit.

BJP Fell 2 Short of a 2/3 Majority!
Stormed to power bagging 61 seats, the BJP has fall short of just two seat to secure a super majority (two-third)  which could prove to be derisive dismissal of the opposition. As per arithmetic’s of the 95-member house, 63 is the magic figure to command a super majority . The Sena and Congress have 22 and 12 members respectively.. However going by the strength and composition of the MBMC house, the BJP will dominate most of the panels including the powerful standing committee.

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