Ahead of the October 15 Assembly polls, the NCP faces a possible revolt from one of its four MPs in state, Udayanraje Bhosale, who is a Lok Sabha member from Satara.
Upset over being sidelined within the party, Bhosale, a direct descendent of Maratha warrior king Shivaji, is reportedly circulating pamphlets complaining that his supporters have been getting secondary treatment from the party.
“A decision will soon be taken to ensure the dignity of my supporters,” the pamphlets read.
“I am here because of the my supporters. The pain of my activists is my pain. If my supporters get step-motherly treatment, I will not sit quiet. Very soon, we will hold a meeting and announce a decision,” the pamphlets say. They are, however, silent on his future plans.
Bhosale is known for switching parties. In the mid-90s, he joined the BJP, which made him the vice-chairman of the state-owned Krishna Valley Development Corporation, a post with the status of a Cabinet minister in the state.
He was subsequently was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election and made minister of state for revenue. In 2009, he joined the NCP, which gave him a Lok Sabha ticket. Bhosale managed to win by over three lakh votes.
However, since then, his relationship with the NCP has been uneasy. Soon after his 2009 win, he had claimed his loyalties did not lie with the NCP but with the people who elected him.
Despite this, the NCP decided to renominate him in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which he won by a margin of 3.66 lakh votes.
Bhosale could not be reached for a comment.