Updated: March 18, 2021 9:52:06 am
Ahead of the next civic elections, cracks have surfaced in the Pimpri-Chinchwad unit of Shiv Sena. Party’s PCMC House leader Rahul Kalate has resigned from his post following directions from the party leadership.
“I have resigned from my post in PCMC. This follows directions from the party leadership,” Kalate told The Indian Express on Wednesday. Kalate said he has also put all facts before the party leadership so that they understand what is happening in the party’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit.
Kalate’s resignation follows a letter written by Sena leaders Yogesh Babar, Gajanan Chinchwade and others to the party leadership, pointing out that Kalate had not resigned from his post despite orders from the party to do so.
Close aides of Kalate said in his letter sent to party leadership, he has blamed Sena’s Maval MP Shrirang Barne for his ouster. In the letter, Kalate has alleged that Barne wanted his close aides to be appointed to various posts. “For the PCMC Standing Committee membership, I had recommended the name of Meenal Yadav instead of Ashwini Chinchwade. Because of this, Barne got upset and complained against me to the party leadership. Barne wants all his close aides appointed to various posts. But I think everyone should get a chance…,” he wrote in the letter, according to sources.
When asked about the content of the letter, Kalate refused to reveal any details. “But yes, I have brought certain facts to the notice of the party leadership, concerning some leaders,” he said.
After Shrirang Barne, who has been elected as Sena MP twice from Maval, Kalate is considered to be the most popular leader of the party in Pimpri-Chinchwad. In the 2019 Assembly elections, contesting as a rebel, he had given a tough fight to BJP candidate Laxman Jagtap. Though he lost, he managed to get over one lakh votes.
Kalate, however, said he is not leaving the Sena. “I have no plans of leaving the Shiv Sena. I am a loyal soldier of the party,” he said.
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