Tackling traffic menace top priority of new BMC Mayor

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Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected as the chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Mumbai: The saffron lanterns lining Mahapalika Marg and Shiv Sena flags festooning the BMC building told the story on Wednesday, where the outcome was a given. The BJP, however, emerged the biggest victor in the election claiming 82 seats in the BMC election and sweeping 8 of the 10 corporations that went to polls recently.

Usually, the tenure of mayor is two and a half years. Both parties had called off their over 2 decade-old alliance in 2014.

Hemangi Worlikar of the Shiv Sena filed her nomination for the deputy mayor's post. In the elections that concluded last month, the Shiv Sena won 84 of the 227 seats, while the BJP finished a close second with 82.

Away from Mumbai, the BJP swept Maharashtra, with victories in Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nashik.

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The decks for his election were cleared recently after the BJP, locked in a battle with the Sena to reach the magic figure of 114 votes to rule the 227-member BMC, chose to hand a virtual walkover to the warring ally.

Uddhav was speaking to Sena cadre and mediapersons outside BMC headquarters after the mayor election.

The process was held in the presence of BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Sena MP and party secretary Anil Desai and Sena MLA Anil Parab.

On the political front, he will have to face an aggressive BJP, which has just two members less than Sena in the civic house. Further, a Congress leader Dharmesh Vyas has alleged that Mahadeshwar has been drawing salary from a government-aided college even during the period when he was contesting election. He has been a member of the education committee in one of his earlier terms. However, the Konkan Divisional Caste Scrutiny Committee said it was unable to establish that he was actually from the Vaishyawani caste.