BJP chief JP Nadda will begin a 3-day visit to Mumbai on December 18 in the run-up to the BMC polls slated for 2022.
The BMC is one of the most crucial and cash-rich civic bodies in the country
Allies-turned-rivals, Sena and BJP contested Mumbai civic polls together several times
Mumbai: After delivering a stellar performance in the recently-held civic body polls in Hyderabad, the Bharatiya Janata Party has now set its sights on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) polls.
With an eye on municipal corporation elections in Mumbai, BJP chief JP Nadda is scheduled to visit the city on December 18 for a three-day tour.
The BMC, with 227 corporator seats, is one of the most crucial and cash-rich civic bodies in the country, which goes to polls in early 2022.
BJP’s great push in the last month’s Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election saw it emerging as the second-largest party. The saffron party won 48 seats as compared to just four seats in the previous GHMC election in 2016.
BJP eyes BMC polls
Now, the party is looking to repeat its GHMC election performance in the upcoming Mumbai civic body polls.
The Sena and BJP contested Mumbai civic polls together several times but the two parties fought the 2017 edition independently when the former emerged the largest group.
The allies-turned-rivals are now bracing for a bitter fight for control over the BMC that has been dominated for over three decades now by the Shiv Sena.
Following Shiv Sena’s exit from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last year, the BJP had announced that it would contest the BMC elections 2022 on its own. Sena had severed ties with its decades-old ally after the Maharashtra Assembly election 2019 and formed government in the state with the NCP and Congress, following differences over the chief minister post.
Elections to BMC and nine other civic corporations, as well as 27 zilla parishads and gram panchayats are slated to be held in February 2022.