A day after BJP leader and Member of Parliament Sanjay Kakade declared that he was not in favour of pre-poll alliance with Shiv Sena, Guardian minister and senior BJP leader Girish Bapat said the party is yet to decide on whether to have a pre-poll alliance for the PMC polls. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s city unit said it was prepared to contest the civic polls on its own.
“The state BJP and Chief Minister have given powers on pre-poll alliance with the local unit. We are yet to take pre-poll alliance for discussion at the party forum. The party would consider the Shiv Sena, RPI, Shetkari Sanghatana, RSP and Shiv Sangaram during the discussion on pre-poll alliance,” said Bapat, after announcing that the city BJP would inaugurate its election office for the forthcoming PMC polls at Sanman hotel on J M Road.
On the city Shiv Sena favouring to contest the PMC election on its own, the guardian minister said, “The Shiv Sena’s decision would be welcome. However, the BJP, being the senior partner in the mega alliance at the state and Centre, would not ignore the Sena for the pre-poll alliance.”
He said the BJP would be led by a team and not a single leader in the PMC polls. “The party would be entrusting responsibility to each of its MPs and MLAs from the city. The party office-bearers have already started the preparations for the forthcoming civic polls.”
On the controversy on induction of tainted leaders in the party ahead of civic polls, Bapat said, “There is a need to follow certain norms before inducting anyone in the party. We are doing it and would continue before enabling induction of any leader in the BJP. The BJP is not giving any commitment of party ticket to those being inducted and also assuring that there is no damage to the party’s image due to it.”
The local BJP unit has decided to set up a system before inducting any leader in the party and would be taking all senior party leaders into confidence to avoid any controversy, he said.