New Delhi: There was high drama at a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) meeting, being addressed by senior party leader Supriya Sule, as two rival factions came face-to-face and raised slogans against each other, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. Also Read - 'No One Should be Scared of CAA', Says Uddhav Thackeray After Meeting PM Modi; Hints at Implementing NPR in Maharashtra
The incident took place on Friday at Paithan city in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district. Notably, it comes at a time when the party is already at loggerheads with its Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) ally Shiv Sena over issues like probe into the Bhima Koregaon case being handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as well as implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) in the state. Also Read - Amid Rift in Maha Vikas Aghadi, Uddhav Thackeray Meets PM Modi; Sanjay Raut Terms it 'Courtesy Call'
According to PTI, the factions of party leader Datta Gorde, who contested last October’s Maharashtra Assembly polls, and ex-MLA Bhausaheb Wagchoure, which raised slogans against each other. The sloganeering disrupted Sule, who was in the middle of her speech, prompting her to intervene and pacify both the groups. Also Read - Days After Extending Support to CAA, Uddhav Thackeray to Meet PM Modi on Friday
Once calm was restored, she resumed her speech and reprimanded the workers for their misbehaviour. “NCP chief Sharad Pawar has put in tremendous efforts to build the party. If the party workers behave in this manner again, they will have to face me,” PTI quoted Sule, the party’s Lok Sabha MP from Baramati and the daughter of party supremo Pawar, as saying.
After last year’s state Assembly polls, the NCP and its pre-poll ally Congress, joined hands with the ideologically opposite Shiv Sena after the latter broke off its ties with its now-former three-decade ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who refused to share the Chief Minister’s post with it.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray then became the Chief Minister of the alliance, but has, in recent days, irked Pawar for approving the transfer of the Bhima Koregaon case probe to the NIA and expressing support for NPR though he has pointedly refused to implement the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the state.