MUMBAI: In the hierarchy of elections, municipal elections are generally considered a lowly third, after Lok Sabha and Assembly. But the very bitter falling out between allies BJP and Shiv Sena had already injected a strong element of both political and personal drama into the elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the country's richest civic body, which the Thackerays have controlled for two consecutive decades.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao pricey gift of worth Rs five crore ornaments to Lord Balaji on Wednesday came under sharp criticism from the Opposition.
Elections to civic bodies including the pivotal Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are underway in Maharashtra. Voting is being held for a total of ten major civic bodies, including the cash rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.