In a first, Shiv Sena minister, office-bearer lock horns
Mumbai: For the first time, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray witnessed a verbal fight between his minister and a party office-bearer.
Gulabrao Patil, the minister of state for agriculture and Chandrakant Patil, district president from his home town, Jalgaon, were engaged in a heated exchange of words over the minister’s style of working. Thackeray intervened to pacify the leaders and instructed all the office-bearers to focus on 2019 Assembly polls. Thackeray made it clear to his party men that Bharatiya Janata Party is their number one enemy.
Thackeray had called the meeting of office bearers including shakha pramukhs (unit in-charge) and ministers at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Dadar, on Friday. The office bearers were given an opportunity to present status of party in their respective districts. Chandrakant Patil, Jalgaon district president, complained of his minister Gulabrao Patil. He alleged that Patil is ignoring the organisational activities, unresponsive to Shiv sainiks (party workers) and he does not take the issues of party workers to the departments in Mantralaya.