Amidst ongoing talks between Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena and Congress over a possible coalition to run Maharashtra, senior NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Congress-NCP alliance will field candidates in the upcoming Mayoral elections in the state and there have been no talks with Shiv Sena on the same. 27 municipal bodies will go to polls to elect a Mayor on November 22 including cities like Mumbai, Thane, Aurangabad and Pune among others.
"We are in talks for state government formation with Shiv Sena but that is completely different from the Mayor elections in various cities on November 22. We will field our candidates of NCP and Congress wherever we can. We have not done any talks about Mayor elections with Shiv Sena yet," NCP Mumbai chief Nawab Malik said.
The Assembly polls in Maharashtra held in October were the reason why the elections for Mayor was extended till November. The term of the Mayor lasts 2.5 years and it had got over in September itself. Earlier this week, Urban Development Department had done a lottery for the reservation of Mayor posts in various municipalities. As per the same, Mumbai, Sangli, Pune, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Nagpur, Thane, and Ulhasnagar have been reserved for the Open category. Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Akola, Aurangabad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Jalgaon, Bhivandi, and Chandrapur have been reserved for women in the Open category. The mayor's post for the municipal corporation of Mira Bhayandar is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) while that of Vasai-Virar is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC). Women corporators from the Scheduled Castes will be the head of Ahmednagar and Parbhani corporations. The distribution of nomination forms will begin from Saturday while nomination forms would be accepted on November 20 between 11 am and 2 pm.
(With ANI inputs)