After losing nearly all its corporators, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is now on the verge of losing its office space inside the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) building.
The Shiv Sena-led BMC has moved a proposal to take back the MNS’s office space. The proposal is likely to be tabled in the group leaders’ meeting on Thursday. After six MNS corporators defected and joined the Shiv Sena, the party has been reduced to only one corporator. The party had performed the worst in the last BMC election when only seven corporators got elected compared to the 2012 elections when the party had won 28 seats.
A civic official on condition of anonymity said, “Office space in the BMC is allotted on the basis of a party’s number of corporators. The MNS was given a bigger office space in 2012 as it had 28 corporators, the fourth largest in the BMC after the Shiv Sena, Congress and BJP. Now, the party has only one corporator, Sanjay Turde from Kurla. We have proposed to shut the existing office but a final decision will be taken by group leaders. Rules say office space should be given to a party with at least seven corporators.”
According to officials, former MNS corporator Sandip Deshpande recently created a ruckus in the BMC head office after municipal secretary department locked the MNS’s office and did not allow him to hold a press conference there.