After Uddhavlieutenant Rahul Narvekar quit the party to join NCP Shiv sainiks attack RashtravadiBhavan at Nariman Point.
In an election year political leaders often shift loyalities to join rival party. Shiv Senaspokeperson and YuvaSena leader Rahul Narvekar has quit Sena to join Nationalist Congress Party. Sena activists who were unhappy with Narvekar’s exit from the party gathered outside NCP party office at Nariman Point and protested against the party. According to political observers Narvekar’s decision to join NCP is a huge setback for the Shiv Sena which has been trying to regain its lost foothold in the state. In the past several leaders like ChhaganBhujbal, Narayan Rane, AbhijitPhanse, AnandParanjpe had quit Shiv Sena while Raj Thackeray formed his own party Maharashtra NavnirmanSena.
The NCP and Shiv Sena workers were involved in a scuffle after a heated argument erupted between them afterNarvekar bid adieu to Sena.According to the sources, NCP leader JitendraAhwad and Shiv Sena leader PandurangSakpal were involved in a tussle.Later, Shiv Sainikspresent at the spot started chanting their party slogans and began protesting against NCP.
Shiv Sena leader and South Mumbai president PandurangSapkal spoke to AV and said,“Rahul Narvekar betrayed Shiv Sena hence we had protested outsidethe NCP office. JitendraAhwad intervened as we warned him against issuing comments against our party.Subsequently, a quarrel erupted between him and me. We won’t tolerate anybody who works against the interests of Shiv Sena.”
The CuffeParade police lathicharged against party workers protestor outside NCP office and detained six persons.Later, they weregranted bail.
Even as rumours were abuzz about the Shiv Sena leader joining the NCP, it was made official on Monday in a press conference where Narvekar was flanked by Deputy CM and senior party leader AjitPawar.
Narvekar had on Sunday met NCP supremoSharadPawar. Narvekar, son-in-law of senior NCP leader RamrajeNaikNimbalkar, was the spokesman of Youth Wing of Shiv Sena, which is headed by party president Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aditya.
Narvekar was upset with the Shiv Sena as he was asked by the party high command to withdraw his candidature from the legislative council elections. It is being reported that the NCP will be fielding Narvekar from Maval constituency in Pune.
His withdrawal from the fray of legislative council elections had paved the way for nine candidates getting elected to the Legislative Council unopposed.
Rahul Narvekar who quit Shiv Sena to join NCP says he was being humiliated in the party. He said, “It was a painful decision to leave Shiv Sena. I was being humiliated by Shiv Sena hence I quit the party.”