The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation administration has sealed the offices of all political parties at the BMC headquarters here following a face-off between rival Shiv Sena factions.
Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, who is also the administrator of the BMC, told the Press Trust of India on Thursday that the civic body took the step on the directions of the Mumbai Police following the incident at the civic headquarters on Wednesday, which included offices of all major political parties. Huh. Ground Floor of Heritage Building.
Rival Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde engaged in a face-off at the party’s office at the civic headquarters in south Mumbai on Wednesday evening. The campus remained tense for an hour until the police intervened.
Shinde-led Balasahebchi Shiv Sena spokesperson Sheetal Mhatre said the civic administration has sealed the offices of Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party at the civic body headquarters.
A political worker said that when he reached the office on Thursday morning, he found his party office on the ground floor of the BMC headquarters sealed.
“Our party office was sealed even before we reached here in the morning. After the ruckus at the Shiv Sena office last evening, the administration has sealed the offices of all the parties,” he said.
“The step has been taken as per the instructions of the police,” Mr Chahal told the Press Trust of India.
On Wednesday, North Central Mumbai MP Rahul Shewale, former standing committee chairman Yashwant Jadhav and former councilor Sheetal Mhatre, belonging to the Shinde-led Balasahebachi Shiv Sena, clashed after they entered the party office around 5 pm.
Sources told news agency PTI that former councilors of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction, including Ashish Chemburkar and Sachin Padwal, objected to his presence, which led to heated exchanges.
Tension prevailed for about an hour and workers from both sides raised slogans before the police arrived and removed everyone from the office.
Both factions claimed that contrary to some reports, there was no attempt by either side to claim the party office.
The term of councilors of the cash-strapped BMC, controlled by the Shiv Sena, ended in March this year and elections are due.
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