The Congress, an ally of Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra, will contest all seats in the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the party’s city unit president Bhai Jagtap said on Tuesday. He said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was supposed to address party workers this month but could not do so due to the coronavirus pandemic, will hold a rally during the early 2022 BMC elections.
In a program organized on the occasion of 137th Foundation Day of Congress, he said that Mumbai Congress will fight the upcoming Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections on its own on all 236 seats and once again (Congress flag) will hoist the tricolor on BMC. Here. Jagtap, who is also an MLA, gave an election call on the occasion, ‘Hum pura laden aur jeetenge’ (we will contest and win all seats).
Even before this, the Congress had announced to go it alone in the BMC elections. The Sonia Gandhi-led party is a constituent of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition in the state, which is led by the Shiv Sena and includes the NCP.
Once a major party in India’s richest civic body, the Congress has been slashed to the third spot in the city behind the Shiv Sena and the BJP. Shiv Sena currently rules the BMC, which has an annual budget of over Rs 30,000 crore which is bigger than the budgets of some of the smaller states in the country.