Several top leaders in the Pune district unit of the Shiv Sena are upset about a clutch of appointments made on Wednesday,including that of Vijay Phuge as district deputy chief of the party. Many of the leaders are reportedly considering resignations if the new appointments are not cancelled. A delegation of Sena leaders will meet party executive president Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai either on Thursday or Friday.
Some of the local leaders accused Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil of bringing outsiders into the party fold and giving them undue importance. When contacted,Adhalrao said: The decisions are taken by the party high command and not by me. I have done whatever the party asked me to do. Yes,there are some murmurs in the party. Some 5 to 10 per cent of party members do not seem to be happy,but I am sure the party chief will sort things out, he said. Shiv Sena State spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said,Any decision in the party is taken by the high command. If party men want to oppose the move,it has to be within the party fold and not publicly. If party leaders oppose openly,then it is done at their own peril. In our party,the order flows from the top. Pressure tactics dont work. Party discipline is accorded topmost priority.
The Senas Pimpri-Chinchwad unit chief,Bhagwan Walhekar,said the appointment of certain leaders including Vijay Phuge,a former MNS leader,as deputy district chief by replacing Sarang Kamthekar has not gone down well with members. Likewise the appointment of Sanjay Durugule,who has not been an active member for some years,as deputy city chief has not been appreciated by many Sainiks, he said.
We will convey our sentiments to party leaders. We are hopeful the party chief will take an appropriate decision. In case the decision goes against us,we will decide a course of action, he added.
Ajay Patade,president of the city students wing of the Sena,said if nothing positive came out of the meeting a collective decision would be taken on the way forward.
Sarang Kamthekar,who has lost his post as district deputy chief,said Sainiks are angry about certain people influencing the high command.
Our senior leaders have taken up the issue with party bosses. We are awaiting word from them. But one thing is sure,several leaders are unhappy with Congressmen joining the party, he said.