BJP appoints Kripashankar Singh in-charge of North Indian cell ahead of BMC polls
Singh was with the Congress earlier and served as Minister of State for Home under then-CM Vilasrao Deshmukh. The veteran politician, originally a native of Uttar Pradesh, had stepped down from the ministerial position after facing corruption allegations and later joined the BJP.
The BJP is seeking to dislodge its former ally Shiv Sena, which had been controlling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for over two decades, from the country's richest civic body, whose annual budget is in upwards of Rs 40,000 crore.
In 2017, the BJP and the Sena were allies at the state level, but contested the BMC polls separately.
Five years ago, the Shiv Sena had emerged as the single large party in the BMC by winning 84 seats, while the BJP came a close second with 82 in the 227-member municipal body.
“Singh is popular among the voters of Mumbai who have roots in Uttar Pradesh. The party wants to encash on his popularity in its bid to take the administrative control of the BMC and dislodge the Shiv Sena,'' said a BJP leader.
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