Sena man is Ambernath civic chief, thanks to MNS `support`

Chances of estranged cousins Uddhav and Raj Thackeray coming together may be remote but the MNS today helped a Shiv Sena member become municipal council chief of Ambernath in neighbouring Thane district.

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 00:42 AM IST

Mumbai: Chances of estranged cousins
Uddhav and Raj Thackeray coming together may be remote but the
MNS today helped a Shiv Sena member become municipal council
chief of Ambernath in neighbouring Thane district.

Sena`s Sunil Chaudhari was elected Council president
after MNS members voted in his favour.

Sena welcomed the move, thanking "those who helped
us.

"We thank those who helped us in today`s election...
every party has to decide its stance when it comes to issues
of local development," Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe told
PTI.

For the first time since it began contesting
elections, Raj Thackeray`s MNS found itself in a position
where it had to choose between the Shiv Sena-BJP and the
Congress-NCP.

To make sure they don`t yield to pressure or
bargaining, the MNS arranged the "disappearance" of its six
councillors who held the key to power in the Ambernath
municipal council.

In a House of 50, the previously ruling Sena-BJP won
17 seats, nine short of the halfway mark. The Congress won
three and the NCP nine, with Independents and others emerging
the second largest group with 15 seats.

During the campaign, MNS targeted both the Sena-BJP
and the Congress-NCP but had to choose either to support these
parties or abstain.

-PTI