Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is livid as news of internal fights between leaders at a closed-door meeting reached the media. The Sena had banned leaders from bringing mobile phones inside the Matoshri. Thackeray directed leaders, involved in verbal clashes, to issue joint clarifications.
According to a Sena insider, when the clashes between Srirang Barne, member of parliament from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Dr Neelam Gorhe, party spokesperson and member of state Legislative Council (MLC) erupted in presence of Thackeray behind closed doors, one more minister was present apart from these three. “Thackeray was upset as word to word replay of the clashes was leaked to the media, including how Dr Gorhe cried,” said the leader.
He added that when other legislators praised the work of Dr Gorhe over how she has strengthened the women’s wing of the Sena, the language of Barne Bout was not acceptable. His voice was loud and he insulted Dr Gorhe which left Thackeray feeling bad.
The party chief asked Barne to apologise to Gorhe and asked him to publish a joint statement. “When no mobile and laptop was allowed during the meeting, how has the discussion leaked,” Thackeray asked Barne who is at the centre of suspicion. Meanwhile, Bharat Gogawale, a legislator from Mahadev too had clarified that his target was Union minister Anant Gite and not Ramdas Kadam.
The party insider claimed that Gite opposed Gogawale’s name for inducting into probable reshuffle of the state cabinet. Gite has claimed that when he is the Union minister, there is no need of any other minister in Raigad district. The party insider claimed that Gogawale informed Thackeray that he does not want a berth in the state Cabinet. However, he may be considered for the post of chairman of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the party insider claimed. Thackeray may call a meeting of party legislators once again on September 24 to dilute issues.