Feb 2, 2007

Shiv Sena - BJP alliance gets another 5 year term to lead Mumbai

The Shiv Sena-BJP combine Friday was set for another five-year term in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and in several other cities, surging ahead of the Congress which suffered reverses in most of the elections to 10 civic bodies in Maharashtra.

The Sena-led combine -- which had suffered serious reverses in all the assembly by-elections in the past two years after the splits by Narayan Rane, who shifted allegiance to the Congress, and by Raj Thackeray -- surprisingly managed to get a bare majority on its own, bagging or securing unassailable leads in 112 of the 227 seats.

Firecrackers were burst and sweets distributed outside Matoshree, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's home in suburban Bandra, as news of the victory reached party supporters who had gathered there in large numbers.