The Shiv Sena, which has expressed concern over the impressive performance of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen(AIMIM) in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation elections, was on Friday engaged in a tussle with ally BJP for the mayor’s post in the civic body.
Top BJP sources said that they will let the Sena retain the mayor’s post by virtue of the 28 seats the party has won, as compared to the 24 the BJP won in the municipal polls.
The Sena was, however, wary of the MIM’s impressive performance. Sena’s’ in-house newspaper Saamana in its editorial said, “MIM making inroads in Aurangabad civic polls is dangerous and a matter of concern.” It termed MIM as a “poisonous” party playing the religious card to unite the Muslims. The Sena also warned, “If MIM manages to unite Muslims and Dalits it does not augur well for politics of Maharashtra. It should also be a cause for concern for Dalit leaders and Ambedkar movement in the state.”
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The MIM won 26 out of 113 seats in the Auranagbad civic polls. The Sena won 28 seats, BJP 24, Congress 11, NCP 2 and others 22 seats.