A day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls threw up a hung house, the major contending parties — Shiv Sena and BJP — played a waiting game on Friday, with neither of the two parties making any attempt to reach out to the other to break the deadlock arising out of the fractured electoral mandate. The Sena and BJP are adopting a “wait-and-watch”approach, amid their simultaneous efforts to increase their respective tallies in the 227- member BMC by wooing independent corporators.
Three corporators — comprising two independents and the relative of a party rebel — announced their support to the Shiv Sena, taking the Sena’s strength from 84 to 87, while the BJP claimed that it enjoyed the support of four independent corporator — which meant that its tally had gone up from 82 to86. All the same, both the Sena and BJP were nowhere near the
simple majority figure of 114 in the 227-member BMC.

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