Published On : Tue, Aug 30th, 2016

Uddhav Thackeray hints at going alone in NMC poll

Uddhav Thackeray
Nagpur:
Giving a broad hint of going alone in the ensuing elections of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has said that “Public interest is more important than ‘Yuti Dharma’ (Coalition loyalty).

Uddhav opened his mind at a meeting of ‘official’ party Corporators and other leaders and workers who were summoned to Mumbai. The meeting was held at Matoshri, the headquarter of the party last Saturday. The Sena chief exhorted the leader and workers to work unitedly and that the new executive of city unit will be formed soon. Uddhav also hinted that most of the cadre present in the meeting will find place in the new executive. “Those finding no place in new executive need not feel dejected. They should remain loyal Shivsainiks and work for strengthening of party so that other parties could sense its presence,” Uddhav stated.

“Public interest is paramount for Shiv Sena and not the “Yuti Dharma.” Therefore, in the pursuit of interests of people, the ‘Yuti Dharma’ should not be a hurdle,” Uddhav stressed. He authorized Sampark Pramukh Anil Parab for re-entry of former Shivsainiks who deserted the party in the past and are in rival camps.

Those who attended the meeting include Kishore Kumeria, Satish Harde, Kishore Parate, Ajay Dalal, Suraj Goje, Bandu Talvelkar, Alka Dalal, Mangesh Kashikar, Ankush Kadu, Sunil Banerjee, Kishore Thakre, Sharad Sarode, Rajat Deshmukh, Dilip Kumbhare, Sushil Agnihotri, Chintu Maharaj, Digambar Thakre apart from Anil Desai, Anil Parab and 2-3 Corporators from Mumbai.

Uddhav further said that the party has gauged the political situation in Nagpur minutely and the new executive of city unit will be announced soon.

Notably, Kishore Kumeria, Kishore Parate and 4-5 Shivsainiks are in the race for the post of city chief. However, it will be the call of Uddhav and he in a surprise move sideline these aspirants and make the MLC Anil Parab or any other leader the next chief of city unit.

According to Shivsainiks from Mumbai, BJP and Shiv Sena are sailing on the same boat as far as strength of each party in Mumbai and Nagpur is concerned.

Hazy picture at State-level:
The picture at State-level is somewhat hazy as far as alliance partners BJP and Shiv Sena area concerned. Although the government is being run in coalition, BJP is often found seeking help of NCP in dicey situations when Shiv Sena goes out all guns blazing and slam the partner over one issue or the other. Shiv Sena feels inferior treatment at the hands of BJP and hence leaves no chance to lambast the partner. But the Shiv Sena, despite all these bickering, has never deserted BJP.

Talvekar holds parleys with Parab:
The Shiv Sena Corporator Bandu Talvekar the other day held parleys with Sampark Pramukh Anil Parab and discussed a range of issues including current political situation in Nagpur city. The other issues that figured in the discussion pertain to dumping of SNDL and handing over power supply responsibility to MSEDCL for entire city and not only for South-West Assembly constituency, distribution of mid-day meal in schools through Bachat Gats instead of centralized kitchen, scrapping of NIT, problems regarding water and property tax etc.

– Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha (rajeev.nagpurtoday@gmail.com)