//Another Shiv Sena leader quits

Another Shiv Sena leader quits

Mumbai | January 28, 2006
Shiv Sena deputy leader Shishir Shinde has resigned from the party after he was snubbed by party chief Bal Thackeray at a public meet ing on January 23.

Shinde, a former Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC), sent his resignation to Thackeray on Friday, saying that he was hurt by the latter’s remarks at the meeting on his 79th birthday. In his birthday speech, the Sena chief had compared Shinde with Kripa Shankar Singh, which enraged Shinde.

Thackeray had also attacked another deputy leader Bala Nandgaonkar, who also openly supports Raj Thackeray since the time he quit the party.

Shinde had hit headlines when he dug up the pitch at the Wankhede Stadium to oppose the Indo-Pak cricket match in 1991.

On January 25, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesperson Husain Dalwai had said that Five more Shiv Sena MLAs, all supporters of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, would soon quit Assembly and join Congress.

According to Dalwai, the MLAs will contest the bypolls and will be elected, as it happened with the three Rane supporters who quit Assembly and got elected again on Congress ticket. Due to induction of Rane in Congress, the party had bolstered its presence in Konkan region.

The last time Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts had a Congress MLA was in 1990. Now, the districts have two Congress MLAs each, he pointed out.

Meanwhile, former Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray said he had no interest in the just-concluded assembly bypolls in Konkan where Shiv Sena lost all the three seats to Congress.

Raj, who resigned from the Sena on December 18, had recently undertaken the first leg of his statewide tour to drum up support for his political party which he said would be launched in March.

He is scheduled to visit parts of Vidarbha and western Maharashtra in the next leg of the tour which concludes in Pune in the last week of February. (ANI)