Meghe quits Nationalist Congress Party

April 20th, 2008 - 6:56 pm ICT by admin  

Nagpur, April 20 (IANS) The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sunday received another set-back with senior leader Datta Meghe resigning from its primary membership five days after city unit president Girish Gandhi quit the post. While Meghe, the party’s Rajya Sabha member till April 2, resigned ostensibly in deference to party president Pawar’s exhortation to senior party functionaries to make room for the ‘generation next’, Gandhi had put in the papers April 15 owing to intra-party feuds.

Gandhi’s resignation, coming a day after Pawar’s visit to the city triggered resignations of the entire 41-member city unit executive committee.

Meghe, a founder member and former treasurer of the party commanding a formidable mass base in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, told reporters he would consult his camp followers before deciding on the future political move.

“I have offers from all major political parties and I don’t think I will be able to stay away from politics having spent a lifetime in it; but I will take a decision on which party to join only after consulting my fellow workers,” he said.

Asking reporters to rein in their curiosity for six months, Meghe said he would, meanwhile, utilize all his time and energies for the Vidarbha Vikas Parishad, an all-party platform he heads, particularly in the cause of farmers.

Gandhi said after quitting his post he was feeling relieved and would now devote his time to his first love - the environmental NGO Vanarai.

Though Meghe’s resignation from the NCP was in the air ever since he received signals that he won’t get the Rajya Sabha re-nomination, He, however, retracted his threats at least twice in the last six months after Pawar advised him to hold nack his decision.

Gandhi too was denied re-nomination to the Maharashtra Legislative Council where his eight-month tenure - he had filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Party of India’s Jogendra Kawade - came to an end earlier this month.

Kawade, whose RPI faction is an NCP ally, had got the seat from that party’s quota.

Sulking at his ‘marginalization and insults’ in the party since his defeat in the 1999 parliamentary election, Meghe had stayed put in the party only nominally, apparently on the hope that his honour would be redeemed sooner or later.

He, however, quit after Pawar told the party workers’ regional convention in Nagpur April 14 that senior party functionaries should side-step giving way to the younger generation, and exhorted the state unit chief Arun Gujarathi to tighten his grip on the party.

Without referring to anyone by name, Pawar expressed his displeasure over “more than desirable intimacy” of some party leaders with those from other parties.

Both Meghe and Gandhi, whose friendship with Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit president Nitin Gadkari is well-known, were conspicuous by their absence from the NCP convention.

“I presume Pawar was referring to me and have, therefore, decided to quit on my own, sparing Arunbhai the trouble of acting against me,” Meghe said.

Recalling his oft-repeated assertion that he would never part company with Pawar, Meghe said the tone and tenor of his mentor’s statement compelled him to go back on his words.

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