September 28, 2014 1:13:00 am
BY: DIPTI SINGH & SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA
It was another day of setback for the Shiv Sena as two of its party workers quit to join the MNS and BJP because they were denied party tickets.
The Dahisar Assembly Constituency is all set to witness an intense battle with Shiv Sena councillor and former mayor Shubha Raul defecting to rival MNS and deciding to contest against sitting Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar. Raul filed her nomination on Saturday.
In Kopri-Paanchpakhadi Assembly constituency in Thane district, Anant Tare, a senior Shiv Sainik who was denied a ticket by the party, filed his nomination as a BJP candidate against Eknath Shinde, the Sena’s sitting MLA in the constituency.
Raul is one of the three women councillors who alleged that Ghosalkar had been mentally harassing fellow Sena councillor Sheetal Mhatre.
“Mhatre had filed a police complaint against Ghosalkar. However, no action has been taken by Uddhav Thackeray. There are several party workers who are against Ghosalkar and his way of functioning, however, the party high command is quiet on the issue. This is very shameful,” Raul said.
She had expressed her desire to contest elections from the Dahisar Assembly constituency three months ago. However, she was upset that the party ignored her plea and gave the ticket to Ghosalkar for the second time.
“We had warned Uddhav Thackeray against giving a ticket to Ghosalkar, but the latter still managed to get a ticket. I felt like leaving politics at that point of time. However, after I watched Raj Thackeray’s blue print, I was impressed. The fact that they want me to join their party made me think about it. Hence, I decided to join the MNS. I will be raising the Ghosalkar issue and the disrespect he showed towards a woman throughout my campaign,” added Raul.
Meanwhile, Sheetal Mhatre, who is still with the Shiv Sena, said despite all that happened, she would support the Shiv Sena, “I am a Shiv Sainik and I will continue to support the Shiv Sena,” Mhatre said. Ghosalkar could not be reached for comments.
Tare said, “I filed my nomination from the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. There is already one Sandip Lele from the BJP, who filed his nomination in the same constituency. Now, it is up to the party chief to decide on whom to give preference. I am a strong follower of Bal Thackarey and the Shiv Sena. I have always followed him and would have also followed Uddhav Thackeray as well, but strangely the party is not ruled by him. It’s ruled by others. Eknath Shinde is my junior in politics and I cannot take his orders. He needs to learn a lot in politics,” said Tare.
He, along with 15 party workers, arrived at the ITI nomination centre at Wagle Estate around 2 pm. “The situation was very tensed at the centre. We had deployed police personnel to avoid any adverse situation,”said V B Chandashive, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane. Officers said there was heavy police deployment at Shinde and Tare’s office premises and also near their residences to control the situation.
“The sudden nomination against Shinde by senior leader Tare has come as a setback to all party workers. Tare resides in Shrirang near Vrindavan Society, so he should have asked for a ticket from that area. How can a senior leader like him jump on the seat of his own party’s leader?” asked a Shiv Sena party worker.
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