shiv sena: Bjp suffers a jolt as 4 leaders join Sena ahead of Nmc polls | Nashik News

Nashik: In a major jolt for the BJP, three of its sitting corporators and the president of the city’s youth wing joined Shiv Sena in Mumbai on Friday night in the presence of state environment minister Aaditya Thackeray and of Sena Deputy Sanjay Raut.
An independent corporator, Mushir Saiyyad, also joined Sena at the same event. The BJP corporators who joined the Shiv Sena are Prathamesh Gite, Seema Tajane and Hemlata Kandekar, while Shambhu Bagul is the chairman of the youth wing.
One of the three BJP corporators, Kandekar, resigned on Friday morning by handing in his resignation to City Commissioner Kailas Jadhav.
The BJP and Sena are traditional political rivals in the polls of Nashik’s civic bodies. While the Sena camp claimed that inducting these four BJP leaders would help them succeed, BJP leaders argued that it would have no impact on the party’s prospects in the upcoming municipal elections.
Political activities have now gained momentum following the declaration of the new neighborhood formation plan and the civic body recently conducted a hearing on the objections raised.
Sena coordinator for Nashik Bhausaheb Chaudhari said more BJP entrepreneurs would join them ahead of the municipal elections. He also criticized the BJP for its failure to realize the development of the city due to which the BJP corporators are switching sides.
Commenting on the leaders’ joining the Shiv Sena, BJP City Chairman Girish Palwe said it would not affect the BJP’s performance in the municipal elections. “Instead, the strength of our party will increase. These are the corporators whose performance was poor and there was no possibility that they would get a ticket from the BJP for the next polls.
Meanwhile, Sayyad said the BJP was playing a divisive politics. “BJP leaders are also using government mechanisms like ED to gain political traction. Therefore, I am of the opinion that only Shiv Sena can bring equality and stability in the state. Considering this, I decided to join Shiv Sena,” he said.

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