Close on the heels of NCP Maharashtra Unit Vice President Dashrath Patil quitting the party to join Shiv Sena just before the Thane Municipal Corporation elections, another senior party leader has called it quits. NCP leader and MLC Subash Bhoir from Mumbra which is represented by City Unit President and MLA Jitendra Awhad, declared last evening that he was quitting the party.
Talking to newsmen he said that he was leaving the party following the dictatorial atttitude of Awhad who conducted the affairs as per his whims and never respected the views of his seniors. Even though Bhoir did not not reveal as to which party he would be joining, he hinted to be walking into the Sena fold.
Awhad, whose close proximity to NCP Chief Sharad Pawar is very well known, gained clout after the untimely death of Shiv Sena district chief Anand Dighe.
Now just in time when the Thane Municipal Corporaiton elections are just a few weeks away, his own partymen have decided to opt out and wage a war against him. The Sena which was never hopeful of getting any support from Mumbra-Kalwa would be happy to get two biggies to their rescue.
In fact in the first elected body of the Thane Municipal Corporation way back in the 80s, Bhoir along with two of his friends, Deoram Bhoir and Govardhan Bhagat (then of the BJP) gave a helping hand to the Sena to come to power in the first rule of the corporation. Then with their support Satishchandra Pradhan was elected as first mayor of Thane.
With Bhoir's decision to quit and his strained relations with Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council Vasant Davkhare, Awhad is facing difficult days in the party.
The recent political developments which came as a rude shock to the NCP leaders is sure to adversely affect the Congress which was also equally hopeful of capturing power in the Corporation.
According to sources, Bhoir has been assured the office of Mayor in return of his support to the party. Incidentally the Mumbra-Kalwa sector in the Thane Municipal Corporation has as many as 40 wards (20 each in the re-formatted Thane Civic body which has a total of 130 wards.
Bhoir who was an ardent Congressman, later switched over to NCP and was the Leader of Opposition in the Corporation and also contested the mayoral poll earlier unsuccessfully. He was denied the party ticket for the assembly elections first at the time when Ganesh Naik constested and later when Awhad contested.
Both Bhoir and Patil said that they felt suffocated in the party due to the anti-people approach of Ahwad and hence decided to quit.