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Maharashtra Congress infighting: Balasaheb Thorat resigns from CLP post over differences with Nana Patole

Maharashtra Congress: The infighting between Balasaheb Thorat and Nana Patole started during Nashik graduates constituency elections.

India TV News Desk Edited By: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: February 07, 2023 12:47 IST
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Maharashtra Congress infighting grew as Congress Legislative Party leader Balasaheb Thorat resigns from CLP post over differences with party state president Nana Patole on Tuesday.

Thorat writes to Kharge against Patole

Earlier, senior Congress leader Thorat wrote to the party's central leadership citing his inability to work with Maharashtra unit chief Nana Patole due to the latter's "anger" towards him, an aide of the former claimed on Monday.

Patole told reporters in Pune he didn't think Thorat had written any such letter, adding he would only be able to comment if he knew this "letter's contents".

What caused rift in Maharashtra Congress

In his letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Thorat, a former state unit chief and minister, has also said he is not being consulted before decisions were being taken here, the aide added.

"Thorat, in his letter to the Congress leadership, has expressed inability to work with state president Nana Patole saying if he (Patole) holds so much anger against him, then it would be difficult to work with him. Thorat has also complained of not being consulted while decisions are taken," the close aide claimed.

Infighting started during MLC polls 
The matter comes days after then Nashik graduates constituency MLC Sudhir Tambe, who is the brother-in-law of Thorat, declined to contest despite being the Congress' official candidate and got his son Satyajit Tambe to fight as an independent. Satyajit Tambe won the poll, results of which were announced on February 2.

While the Congress was left red-faced due to the episode, the silence of Thorat, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury, was seen as silent support to the Tambe father-son duo, sources said.

While Thorat did not take part in the campaign of Satyajit Tambe in the run up to the polls on January 30, several of the former's kin were present. The Congress has suspended Sudhir Tambe and Satyajit Tambe from the party for the MLC poll twist.

Thorat has also said he was insulted by the (state) party leadership and statements were made against his family on the (Tambe) issue, the aide said quoting the letter.

Some functionaries from Ahmednagar were punished over this issue, the letter to Kharge further said.

Patole's take
Patole, speaking to reporters, said, "I do not know what letter Thorat saheb has written. I can speak on it if the contents are made available to me. I don't think Thorat has written any such letter."

Patole added a meeting of the state executive committee of the Congress will be held on February 13 where several issues will be discussed to find solutions.

Patole had, on January 26, disbanded the Ahmednagar district committee of the Congress for "anti party activities" as some of its members had reportedly campaigned for Satyajit Tambe instead of the candidate to whom the party had officially extended support.

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