Speaking to reporters after a joint meeting of Sena-BJP corporators to finalise the strategy for the upcoming polls, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked for all first preference votes of 31 BJP corporators to be given to Kadam.

Shelar also cited that BJP will not utilise its second preference votes. "We planned our strategy to ensure Kadam's victory by a resounding margin," he said.

Kadam, while thanking Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, said the friendship between Shiv Sena and BJP is old. "Due to the council election, relations between the two allies have been normalised," Shelar cited exuding confidence of his victory by a huge margin.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has asked his 28 corporators to abstain from voting following which BJP candidate Manoj Kotak withdrew from the race. If MNS abstains, the quota for winning will come down to 63, Shiv Sena has 88 corporators and Kadam is assured of a comfortable victory irrespective of BJP's support.

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