Mumbai: The Shiv Sena leadership and its ministers faced a tough time as the party cadre targeted ministers in a meeting with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. The party’s district level leaders alleged that ministers are not working for the party and they never listen to grassroot workers.
Followed by the outburst from district presidents against the party’s ministers, Thackeray indicated that the ministers will be removed from the Cabinet. The meeting was organised by Thackeray at Sena Bhavan to hear problems of party executives from the district level and also to decide the course of action on the farmers’ loan waiver.
District presidents mainly targeted ministers Diwakar Raote, Ramdas Kadam and Gulabrao Patil. According to sources, these district president didn’t allow Raote to speak in the meeting. The complaint was basically that these ministers are not helping party workers at the district-level increase the party’s network.
After hearing the complaints, Thackeray pacified all district presidents and said that there should not be an internal clash in the party.
After the meeting, Thackeray denied that there were any outbursts by the district presidents. “These ministers have been asked to work for the party and they have been given region-wise responsibility,” said Thackeray.
“Raote has asked to take care of Vidarbha region, Thane and Konkan region has been allotted to Subhash Desai and Ramdas Kadam, while Sanjay Raut will look after Pune and North Maharashtra. Gajanan Kirtikar will be responsible for Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur district.