Mumbai Mayor Election: Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar appointed as Mumbai's Mayor

Vishwanath Mahadeshwar

Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was formally elected as Mumbai's new mayor on Wednesday after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Saturday that the BJP will not field its candidate in the election and would play the role of a "watchdog of transparency".

Usually, the tenure of mayor is two and a half years.

Shiv Sena's mayor and Deputy mayor candidates Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Hemangi Worlikar.

The Shiv Sena has been ruling the BMC since 1997 though in alliance with BJP which was till recently a much junior partner but which won only two seats less than Sena this time around.

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




He bagged 171 votes against the 31 won by his Congress rival Vitthal Lokare.

The process was held in the presence of BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Sena MP and party secretary Anil Desai and Sena MLA Anil Parab. He had the Bharatiya Janata Party's full support as 218 of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's 227 corporators cast their votes, ANI reported. He has been a member of the standing committee.

As reported earlier, Fadnavis had said his party will not be in the Opposition, but will support the Sena and will be committed to their poll promise of maintaining transparent governance in the BMC, for which the Maharashtra government will appoint a deputy Lokayukta. According to a report in The Indian Express, incumbent mayor Snehal Ambekar conducted the election.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Mahadeshwar contested the 2007 election from an OBC ward in Santacruz claiming to be from the Vaishyawani caste. However, the Konkan Divisional Caste Scrutiny Committee said it was unable to establish that he was actually from the Vaishyawani caste. The Sena member is already facing legal trouble as Congress leader Dharmesh Vyas has filed a petition in court challenging his election.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Patriots make trade for Colts TE Dwayne Allen
Mar 09, 2017 - 00:39
Indianapolis may have moved on from Allen with Doyle's ascension, but the Patriots clearly have a use for him up in Foxborough. Allen isn't coming off a great season, with just 406 yards on 35 catches, but he is a good red-zone threat and a good blocker.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chance the Rapper, a great Chicagoan
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:51
Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, last week met on the school row with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican. We've got the details on how he just donated $1 million to the school system that he is a product of.

National Football League sources: Bank of America to back Raiders Las Vegas stadium
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:50
Adelson helped spearhead a $750 million hotel tax toward the project, while the Raiders are contributing $500 million. Apparently Bank of America has stepped up to provide just that, a reported $1.9 billion domed stadium in Sin City .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top African-Americans More Likely to be Wrongfully Convicted, Study Finds
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:50
And when white victims are involved, part of the problem may be the difficulties inherent in cross-racial identifications. In murder cases, innocent blacks are about seven times more likely than innocent white people to be convicted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'The Walking Dead' Spoilers, Review, What Happens Next?
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:47
The show's six and a half season history is full of some of the most unbearable characters on TV during short stretches of time. Week to week I would wonder why Tara wasn't saying anything about the huge stash of guns at the little beach community.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weather Service Teams to Survey MO Tornado Damage Tuesday
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:47
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Local media reports also described damage to planes and hangars at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe , Kansas.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India's tallest Tricolour 360 feet high hoisted at Attari border
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:45
The new tricolor flag is hoisted on a 360 feet high pole where the length of the flag is 120 feet and the breadth is 80 feet . Amritsar: India has hoisted the tallest tricolour at a distance of about 150 metres from the India-Pakistan border.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Childcare worker caught pushing girl downs stairs
Mar 08, 2017 - 00:44
After footage was released of 52-year-old Sarah Gable allegedly mistreating one of the children, the community is in an uproar. One parent who has a son at the facility said Gable was always so nice and he was shocked by what she did.

Like It Or Not: Facebook Tests 'Dislike' Reaction Button On Messenger
Mar 07, 2017 - 00:52
When Facebook, based in Menlo Park, finally released its new reaction buttons, however, it didn't include a " dislike " option. Screenshots provided to the publication by one of Messenger's one billion plus users shows seven different reactions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Windy and dry weather lead to fire risk
Mar 07, 2017 - 00:50
Numerous areas will have sustained winds of at least 20 to 40 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour . Another warm up starts Wednesday as the high reaches the low 60s, and further increases to the low 70s Thursday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eden Hazard scores vs. West Ham on Chelsea's lethal counter
Mar 07, 2017 - 00:48
In theory, there is still time for Chelsea's rivals to catch and overhaul them at the top of the Premier League . Those points move Chelsea 10 points clear of Spurs and 11 points ahead of City, who have an extra game to play.

'No one can stop me' standing in French election: Fillon
Mar 06, 2017 - 01:00
But, to the dismay of many of his aides, he angrily accused the judicial system of bias and vowed to fight on. Fillon told the crowd, who were drenched by rain at one point, that he had been "attacked by everyone".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NYPD investigate possible vandalism at predominantly Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn
Mar 06, 2017 - 01:00
Police investigated the reports of possible vandalism at Washington Cemetery, a Jewish burial ground on Bay Parkway in Midwood. An NYPD hate-crime task force is investigating whether the incident was intentional.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Deutsche Bank says to raise EUR8 bn with new share issue
Mar 06, 2017 - 00:59
In another about-face, the lender scrapped plans to sell its Postbank unit, saying it was unable to do so at an acceptable price. These will be incurred between 2017 and 2021, although about 70 per cent will hit the bank's books in the next two years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Missing Indianapolis Woman Found Dead Near River
Mar 06, 2017 - 00:57
Watts's relatives called police Friday and said she was supposed to be home from her trip to Columbus but had not yet returned. Watts was planning to fly to Washington, D.C., with her husband, according to family members.