In a surprise move, Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has joined hands with the newly-elected BJP corporators in Ahmednagar to keep the Shiv Sena out of power. The party had emerged as the single-largest party bagging 24 out of 68 seats in the recently-held municipal elections in the district.
While the NCP had won 18, the BJP bagged 14 seats. All three parties had put up their candidates for the mayor's position. It is to be noted that Congress and NCP have decided to come together to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against BJP.
BJP's Babasaheb Wakale who had received 37 votes, will now take over the Mayor's post, reports India Today. Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik was quoted saying to ANI that the 18 party corporators who supported the BJP will have to face action.
NCP leader Nawab Malik to ANI: 18 NCP corporators defied party orders and supported BJP candidate for Ahmednagar Mayor post. NCP to take action against them and one MLA. Will issue show cause notices and if they fail to explain, they will be expelled from the party (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Kr1j8GVPzX
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2018
The recent development is expected to put further strain on the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray had on 24 December attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying "chowkidar chor hai", a jibe often used by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Updated Date: Dec 28, 2018 14:17:27 IST