Mumbai: Despite the strict warning from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the party rebels do not seem to be falling in line. The Bharatiya Janata Party office-bearers from Borivali Assembly resigned on Saturday to protest against the denial of ticket to senior party leader Vinod Tawde.
BJP’s Borivali Assembly constituency unit President Dipak Patnekar and all his team members resigned together and sent letters to the BJP State President Chandrakant Patil and BJP Mumbai President Mangal Prabhat Lodha.
The party is facing the anger of workers for giving the ticket to an outsider. On Friday, the party workers had attacked Ghatkopar East candidate Parag Shah, when MLA Prakash Mehta was denied the ticket.
A similar incident took place in Borivali when Vinod Tawde was denied ticket and Sunil Rane, a close aid of late Gopinath Munde and the son of ex-minister late Dattaji Rane, was fielded by the party. Rane, who resides in Sewri, had earlier contested the polls from Worli constituency, however, he could not win. The local BJP workers on Friday protested against Rane saying he is not a local candidate.
After the rebellion drama, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis warned all the party rebels that the party will show them their place if they do not pay heed to its decisions.
Along with BJP Borivali Assembly President Patnekar, the vice president, four secretaries, one observer and the president of the Woman Wing and Youth Wing from the constituency have also resigned.
They said that Rane is not a local candidate and Tawde has been doing a good job in his constituency from last five years.