Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has expelled rebel party MLA Shalinitai Patil for her 'stance' against the party line on the issue of social justice, party sources said on Monday.
The expulsion comes after Shalinitai, who represents the Koregaon assembly constituency in NCP stronghold of western Maharashtra, opposed caste-based reservations, inviting the ire of party leadership.
After Shalinitai's public opposition to caste-based quotas and favouring reservation for economically backward classes, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had stated that the party was in favour of the reservations and also for concessions to the economically backward classes.
"Those who think otherwise are free to take their own decision", Pawar had said.
Earlier this month, Shalinitai had formed a social forum, Maharashtra Kranti Sena on the occasion of her birthday. She said the forum would bring together people who opposed caste-based reservations on a common platform.
"She replied to the notice on July 5. But the explanation offered by her is not acceptable to the party", Kulkarni said.
"It is because of this and other such reasons that she has been expelled from the party", he said.
Shalinitai is a former minister and widow of late chief minister Vasantdada Patil.