The decision of the three MNS corporators to vote for the official BJP candidate Hemant Rasane for the post of the standing committee chairman of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to be because of the strong anti-NCP stand taken by the party chief Raj Thackeray in the recent days. In fact,Kishore Shinde,the official MNS candidate withdrew his candidature at the last minute and the three MNS members of the standing committee voted for Rasane.
In the past few days,Thackeray,had upped the ante on the NCP and blamed them for alleged mismanagement of state resources. His outbursts had evoked sharp reaction from the NCP and skirmishes between supporters of both parties were reported from across the state.
Ranjit Shirole,MNS city unit secretary,justifying their decision to support the BJP,said that post the Development Plan (DP) of the city it was pertinent to oppose them. We have to play the part of a constructive opposition, he said.
A senior MNS leader told Newsline that they have had strict instructions from the party high command to be careful about their behaviour in the civic body. Apparently,Thackeray had expressed displeasure with many of the senior corporators who were seen supporting some NCP backed resolutions. Party high command had told us categorically that none of our actions should be seen as backing the NCP in any manner. By voting for Rasane,we were giving the message of our strong opposition to NCP, the leader said.