Former Maharashtra minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday declared that NCP chief Sharad Pawar was shattering the Shiv Sena and he had given a proof of this to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena existed “systematically weakened” by Pawar. Some MLAs had conveyed concern over it but Thackeray was not willing to part ways with Pawar, Kadam alleged while talking to a TV channel.
However, NCP’s chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase rejected Kadam’s remarks, alleging the BJP was behind the split in the Shiv Sena and that the rebel leaders were trying to deflect the attention from it by targeting Pawar.
On Monday, Kadam in a letter to Thackeray submitted his resignation as “Shiv Sena leader”.
Shiv Sena president and former state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday evening declared that Kadam was tackled for indulging in “anti-party” activities.
Kadam was later “reinstated” as leader by the rebel Sena faction directed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
The Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, encompassing the Sena, NCP and Congress, slumped last month after Shinde and 39 other Sena MLAs protested against the party.
Kadam on Tuesday told, “I have given ample proof to Uddhavji about how NCP chief Sharad Pawar is breaking the Shiv Sena.”
He (Pawar) has given good posts to partners of the Kunabi community (in Konkan) and also strengthened them with funds, Kadam contended.
“The chief minister was ours, funds came from government coffers, but the party (Sena) was systematically weakened by Pawar. Many MLAs expressed similar concerns before you (Uddhav Thackeray), but you were not ready to leave Pawar,” he further alleged.
Had (Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray been alive today, would he have permitted Uddhav Thackeray to become chief minister with the assistance of the NCP and Congress? Kadam gaped.
The former minister further told he had opposed Uddhav Thackeray’s move (in 2019) to enlist hands with the NCP and Congress to establish government in Maharashtra.
“I told him (Uddhav) that it is like committing a sin. His (Balasaheb Thackeray’s) soul will not be at peace with this arrangement,” he told.
Last month, when Shinde boycotted against the party, Ramdas Kadam’s son Yogesh Kadam, the MLA from Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, had also enlisted the rebel camp.
Meanwhile, NCP spokesperson Tapase told the MVA was set due to Pawar’s initiative and even after the revolution, the NCP is still funding Uddhav Thackeray and his group of Sena administrators.