Timely intervention by the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and local police prevented a clash between the supporters of two political parties at Cadbury Junction in Thane (West) on Sunday.
Around 100 supporters, each of NCP leader Jeetendra Avhad and Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik, had gathered at the junction after NCP activists put up a hoarding on Sunday, indirectly ridiculing Sarnaik.
“As soon as we came to know that members of both the parties have gathered at Cadbury Junction, we rushed to the spot. We reached there around 4 pm and spoke to both the parties. After an hour or so, we took down the hoarding and soon the members dispersed,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) B.S. Shinde.
“They have said that I came from Dombivli. Don’t they know that Dombivli comes in Thane district? They also said that I became a corporator due to their support. I have resigned now and let the person who has made these comments stand against me in the elections.”
“I have been elected as a corporator since 1996 because I served the people and they support me. I used to think that I am just a corporator, but now that a leader like Avhad puts up a hoarding against me, I think even I have become a state leader now,” said Sarnaik from Shahpur.
However, Avhad said his supporters had put up the hoarding in response to a hoarding put up by Sarnaik and his supporters.
“Shiv Sena had put up a hoarding on Saturday which was a satire on our leadership. We just gave a hard-hitting reply ridiculing their leadership. If you point fingers at someone, you should be ready to accept others pointing fingers at you.
I asked my supporters to take down the hoarding as it was creating a law and order problem,” said Avhad from Nashik.