It was after 1997 for the first time that allies turned foes Shiv Sena and BJP separately fought the elections for India’s richest civic body – the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Since the last few months, the two parties have been involved in a bitter battle of words and propaganda during the BMC polls. The results of the BMC polls, which took place on February 21 along with polls for nine other civic bodies of Maharashtra, are out and although Shiv Sena leads the polls with 84 seats out of 227 seats, the BJP has turned out to be a big gainer as well by securing 81 seats. Congress, which had won 52 seats in the 2012 BMC elections, has performed poorly and has just won 31 seats this time. NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena), Samajwadi Party, AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) have won nine, seven, six and three seats respectively.
The BMC elections have made the political scenario in Maharashtra a lot more interesting. Till now, BJP was always considered to be a junior partner in the BMC polls. Now that it has competed neck to neck with Shiv Sena in the polls, it will be interesting to see what will happen next. A party needs at least 114 seats to claim the Mayor’s post. With both BJP and Shiv Sena at logger heads with each other and both not having the numbers, only time will tell whether these former allies will come together again or try to approach other parties for the support. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has already announced after the results that the party was expecting better results but the Mayor will be from Shiv Sena.
While Shiv Sena is ahead of BJP in Mumbai and Thane, BJP has a big majority in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Solapur, Akola, Ulhasnagar, Amravati and Pimpri Chinchwad. In Solapur, it’s the first time since the 1960’s that the Congress has not won the civic body elections. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis who led an aggressive campaign for the civic polls thanked the people of Maharashtra for giving BJP the majority in 8 out of 10 places.
Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur
Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill after Tinder – a popular dating app – showed a photo of a girl with a placard on large billboards in Nagpur that read, “Shubman idhar toh dekh lo” (Shubman, have a look here).” Tinder was quick to capitalise on the joke and turn it into hoardings in Nagpur ahead of India first Test match vs Australia.
Taking to twitter, Yadav wrote, “Poora Nagpur bol raha hai, Shubman Gill ab toh dekh le.”
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) February 3, 2023
During India’s T20 match in Ahmedabad, a picture of a female fan holding a placard that read ‘Tinder, Shubman se match kara do” (Tinder, match me with Shubman)’ had gone viral.
The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) would host the opening Test of the four-game Border Gavaskar Trophy from February 9 to 13 at Jamtha in Nagpur.
PM Modi world’s most popular leader: Survey
A US-based firm Morning Consult released a list of world leaders trending on the basis of their approval ratings among 22 nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most popular leader in the world with an approval rating of over 75% thus leaving behind US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study
As per the recent survey of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the entire month of January (all 31 days) in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).
The survey that released pictures of the same showed increased levels of SO2 and NO2 not just in Nagpur but in cities including Chandrapur, Gondia and Amravati. Environmental experts have said that the matter was worrying from the point of view of the health of the residents as the pollution index in Nagpur saw an increase in all the three months of winter.
Not just in January this year but 28 out of 30 days in November last year as well as 30 out of 31 days in December last year showed poor air quality. Environmental expert Professor Suresh Chopani said an action plan, to avoid respiratory issues, under National Clean Air Programme would be strictly implemented.