Jai Bala Saheb! Former principal,Sena corporator is Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader and former college Principal Vishwanath P. Mahadeshwar was on Wednesday elected the  Mayor of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the country's biggest and the richest civic body, officials here said.

Mahadeshwar, 56, is a three-time municipal corporator from Bandra. With his election, the Shiv Sena's hold over the Mayor's post continues for the fifth consecutive term. He was elected among chants of 'Jai Bala Saheb' by Shiv Sena Corporators.

A former Principal of Raje Sambhaji Vidyalaya and Junior College in Santacruz East, he sailed through the BMC house vote easily on Wednesday afternoon, as members of the Sena's former ally Bharatiya Janata Party voted in his favour while opposition Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's seven corporators stayed away.

Present during the election were outgoing Mayor Snehal Ambekar, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and other senior leaders and officials.

The election came four days after the BJP abruptly withdrew from the mayoral race and decided to keep away from any other post like Deputy Mayor, or other major committees or sit in the opposition in the 227-strong BMC house.

The BMC elections last month threw a sharply fractured verdict, with the Shiv Sena emerging as the single largest party with 84 corporators, the BJP second with 82. The Congress won 31 seats, NCP  nine, the Mahar ashtra Navnirman Sena seven, Samajwadi Party six, AIMIM two, Akhil Bharatiya Sena just one, and Independents five seats.