- Uddhav Thackeray sacked several Shiv Sena leaders on Monday.
- The leaders included big names like Ramdas Kadam and former MP Anandrao Adsul.
- Kadam had claimed that Thackeray was always busy when he was the chief minister.
Uddhav Thackeray sacks Shiv Sena leaders: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday sacked several Shiv Sena leaders over “anti-party” activities. The leaders included big names like Ramdas Kadam and former MP Anandrao Adsul.
Both the leaders had earlier resigned from Shiv Sena and sent a letter to Thackeray. Kadam had claimed that Thackeray was always busy as the chief minister and always “insulted” him.
In his letter, Kadam expressed his anguish over the post-2019 alliance between Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, which he called a betrayal of the views of the late Bal Thackeray, the founder of Shiv Sena.
The dismissal of Kadam and Adsul comes ahead of a crucial Supreme Court hearing on the huge political storm in Maharashtra following the rebellion of Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. On Wednesday, the top court will hear petitions from both sides regarding the disqualification of legislators and the validity of whips and appointments within the party.
Kadam, a resident of Ratnagiri district, became a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the first time in 1990 and won three more times.
He was appointed as Shiv Sena leader in 2005. He also served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from 2005 to 2009. He became MLC for the first time in 2010 and again in 2015.
Kadam had served as the state environment minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government led by Devendra Fadnavis in 2014–19. When the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) remained in power (from November 2019 to June 2022), Kadam was upset that he was not given any ministerial berth.
Last month, Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde along with 39 MLAs had revolted against the party. Yogesh Kadam, son of Ramdas Kadam, MLA from Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, had also joined the Shinde camp.
Shinde took oath as chief minister on June 30 and BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as deputy chief minister.
“My MLA son Yogesh and I were constantly insulted and always busy after you became the Chief Minister. I was appointed as the Shiv Sena leader by the late Balasaheb Thackeray. However, I realized that after his death there was no chance of the post. It does not make sense, Ramdas Kadam has said in his letter.
(with PTI inputs)
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