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

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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.

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