Constituency Watch: A brawl between two Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai South with a view to Marathi Manoos

Mumbai, 14 May In Mumbai South, Shiv Sena candidate Yamini Jadhav and incumbent MP Arvind Sawant are engaged in a straight-up race. Sawant is a nominee for the UBT.

A significant portion of the nation’s financial center, Mumbai South is home to a diverse population that includes members of the upper class, the middle class, government workers, slum dwellers, multilingual individuals, and religious adherents.

It’s interesting to note that Sawant and Jadhav both want to use the Shiv Sena’s USP—the Marathi Manoos card—to win the elections.

They are, nonetheless, giving the Muslim community equal consideration, since their votes will probably be very important in this election.

Despite having shortlisted Rahul Narwekar, the speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the cabinet minister, as its claimants for South Mumbai, the BJP decided against it when Eknath Shinde raised concerns about its reputation.

Sawant was able to conclude the first round of campaigning and begin the second round because of the length of time it took the BJP and Shiv Sena to reach an agreement.

Nevertheless, Jadhav, a lawmaker from

Despite a vertical divide in the party after Eknath Shinde’s mutiny in June 2022, Sawant, who was elected in 2014 and 2019, aims to record a hat-trick by riding the Shiv Sena’s (unified) partnership with the BJP and capitalizing on a “Modi wave.”

Sawant, who stuck behind Uddhav Thackeray, is conducting his campaign on the line that the Congress, NCP, Communists, and other like-minded parties are the only ones whose positions have changed in this election.

Sawant is also profiting from the support of the MTNL Union and Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti, the cultural arm of the Shiv Sena that defends the rights of Maharashtrians.

Furthermore, Sawant is capitalising on the sympathy that his boss, Uddhav Thackeray, of the Shiv Sena (UBT), is receiving, particularly from Muslims and other minority communities, as well as Dalits, aside from the Marathi Manoos, whom he alleges are hurt by the way that forty legislators, led by Eknath Shinde, left the party and allied themselves with the BJP.

Jadhav, for her part, is profiting from the BJP’s electoral apparatus, the well-oiled network of the RSS Parivar, backing from many trade associations, and the organizational power of the Shiv Sena at the Shakha level.

Her election campaign has focused on “Modi’s guarantee,” elevating him to the position of prime minister for a third term, and the need of a two-pronged administration to further Mumbai’s growth.

Despite having limited time, Jadhav has made a greater effort to interact with people from all walks of life, stating that her party, the Shiv Sena, is the actual organization that is carrying on the ideas and principles of the late Balasaheb Thackeray, the party’s founder.

She is taking great care to bring out that Shinde, the chief minister of the people and a real Shiv Sainik, is in a good position to safeguard the rights of the Marathi Manoos and advance the growth of India’s financial and commercial capital.

During the election campaign, Jadhav and her husband Yashwant Jadhav were accused of tax evasion and money laundering by Sawant and the Shiv Sena (UBT).

Jadhav has put up a strong front, stating that they are considering legal action even though nothing has been proven so far.

Many concerns about Sawant and Jadhav’s intentions to handle various problems raised by the electorate are thrown at them.

The majority of the many, decaying ancient chawls are over a century old.

These chawls are in need of repair. The majority of the inhabitants, however, are not prepared to leave their houses due to concerns about developer fraud, a lack of government help, and an unclear timeframe for the completion of the reconstruction.

Redevelopment is now a time-consuming process as a result.

In addition to presenting a feasible reconstruction plan, these homeowners demand Sawant and Jadhav to guarantee its timely completion—not at the expense of the builders’ interests, but by safeguarding their own.

In addition, the constituency has a number of additional problems, including encroachment on open areas, traffic jams, inadequate water supply 24/7, and infrastructural limitations.

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