Mumbai, November 18: Shiv Sena, which has the largest number of corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), will retain the coveted mayoral post in the Mumbai civic body. On Monday, which was the last date for filing nominations, Sena's Kishori Pednekar was the only candidate to have submitted her nomination. This will be the first time in the BMC's history when the mayoral polls would be won uncontested. BMC Contractors Raided by Income Tax Department Days After BJP, Shiv Sena Fallout in Maharashtra.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the second largest electoral group in the 227-member BMC, was expected to throw up a contest as the two parties are no longer allies in the state as well as the Centre. However, the BJP, along with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), did not field candidate.
Update by ANI
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayoral elections: Shiv Sena's Kishori Pednekar and Suhas Wadkar today filed their nominations for Mayor and Deputy Mayor posts respectively. BJP,Congress and NCP have not put up candidates pic.twitter.com/mnXHjv7XM8
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Apart from the Mayor post, the Sena would also be succeeding in winning the Deputy Mayor post unopposed. Malad corporator and Sena leader Suhas Wadkar is the lone candidate in the fray. The official results will be out on November 22, when the State Election Commission will declare Pednekar and Wadkar as winners unopposed.
Pednekar, the corporator from Lower Parel, is considered as Sena's most energetic corporator in Mumbai region. The 57-year-old was a nurse by profession, and took the political plunge for the first time in 2002 when she got elected to the civic body from the Worli ward. In 2007, she did not contest the polls. In 2012 and 2017, Pednekar got elected consecutively in the BMC polls.