Mumbai, Pretr. Amid deepening political turmoil in Maharashtra, state Congress president Nana Patole on Thursday accused Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar of obstructing the development funds of Congress MLAs and ministers. Patole’s statement was in the context of some rebel Shiv Sena MLAs targeting the NCP for denial of development funds. The NCP and Congress are part of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Ajit Pawar is the finance minister of the state. However, Ajit Pawar has denied these allegations.
Chhagan Bhujbal denies the allegations
Nana Patole said, Ajit Pawar has also harassed Congress MLAs and ministers. We opposed this strategy saying that the government is for the welfare of the people. Our opposition to such a strategy was not political. Asked about Patole’s allegation, senior NCP leader and minister Chhagan Bhujbal rubbished his remarks, saying, “Even within parties, leaders complain against each other.” So it is not something that can be taken seriously.
Shiv Sena’s rebel MLA also accused
The Uddhav government is on the verge of collapse after Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde rebelled against the party and went to Guwahati in Assam with some rebel MLAs. Rebel Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat has written a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray, claiming that Eknath Shinde took the step of going against the party leadership as Shiv Sena MLAs who faced ‘humiliation’ for the last two and a half years persuaded him to do so. . Despite being the Chief Minister of Shiv Sena in the state, party MLAs did not get an opportunity to visit Varsha Bungalow, the official residence of the Chief Minister.
For the last two and a half years, these doors were closed for us as Shiv Sena MLAs. People around CM used to decide whether we can meet him or not. We have been insulted. Instead of us, the people of Congress and NCP used to get a chance to meet the CM and even they were given money for work in their constituencies.
In the letter, Shirsat also said that Eknath Shinde opened doors for party MLAs to listen to their grievances, issues of development work in their constituencies and related funds and problems with allies Congress and NCP.
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