Pune: After realising that the political ambition is dismantling the organisation, Maratha Seva Sangh aligned Sambhaji Brigade, which is one of the most recognised Maratha centric organisations, has proclaimed that they will adopt their long lost ‘aggressive style’ in their working and disowned the political party with the same name that was registered in 2016, calling their social front the ‘authentic’ Sambhaji Brigade.
The organisation had called a spontaneous meet on Sunday, restructuring its office-bearer body.
In 2016, it launched its political front, which joined forces with the Peasants & Workers Party, a leftist party having a strong presence in Raigad district. But today’s meet saw the faultline in the political front and the social front turning into a complete rift, as Pravin Gaikwad, who resigned from the Brigade after it floated the political front, was elected as Chairman in an office-bearer meet organised in Pune.
Shantaram Kunjir, Chief Convener of Sambhaji Brigade, said, “The youths of our organisation earlier looked at the political front with hope, but as it started to falter, they started deserting to join other established parties,” adding, “We want to focus on our social agenda in the times when the likes of Manohar (Sambhaji) Bhide and Milind Ekbote pushing their communal agenda in Bahujan youth, which should be answered with aggression that the Brigade was known for.”
When prodded to explain what he meant by aggression, Kunjir said, “When Bhide and Ekbote are openly challenging the Brigade, the political front should have retaliated,” and added, “we will now be revitalised by our 3 lakh members and retaliate against these miscreants in our well-known style.” “Sambhaji Brigade was and is a social organisation. Our objective was never to enter political arena and play petty politics. Ours was an intellectual and cultural agenda. Youths across Maharashtra connected with the Brigade because of its social agenda,” said Gaikwad, adding “The political activity is turning these youths away.”
He said the organisation was registered in his name. “The organisation is registered in my name with the Charity Commissioner and I have the documents. I had resigned, but the then office bearers did not register the resignation with the commissioner,” Gaikwad said, and when asked about the political party’s use of the name and logo, added, “They are using our name, logo and slogan. This would be a copyright issue. If they want the social front to stop functioning then we will also have to delve into these issues.”