Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said on Tuesday that he will accept all the resignations submitted to him by dissenting senior leaders of his party.
With this, Thackeray implied that his party will not be going out of its way to win back the leaders.
The MNS continues to be rocked by resignations of close aides of Raj, close on the heels of the party’s disastrous performance in the assembly elections. With his statement, Raj could well be showing the dissidents the door out.
Breaking his silence about close aides like Pravin Darekar and Vasant Gite, both former party legislators, Raj said in a statement, “I am accepting all the resignations that have been sent to me by various party leaders. These resignations have shown me just who continues to stand by me and who doesn’t.”
Reacting to Raj’s statement, some leaders said it signalled the end of the road for them in the party. “If he has accepted our resignations, it means there is nothing more to be done by the party. Our exit is now a matter of time, since the party is unlikely to make any more efforts,” said a senior leader who has also sent his resignation.
While sources confirmed that Darekar and Gite are on their way out, more resignations are expected to come in over the next few days.
Last week, Darekar, known to be a close aide to Raj, resigned from his post as the party’s general secretary, as a mark of protest against the party chief ’s leadership. On Monday, a significant portion of the party’s leadership in Nashik also quit their posts, led by Gite and district in-charge Sachin Thakre.
Sources said party general secretary Atul Chandak is all set to quit the party as well.
Significantly, Gite met with corporators from both the BJP and the Shiv Sena on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a switch-over. Based on revelations made by party sources, HT had reported that Gite would try and split the party and take away a chunk of the 40 corporators that it has in the Nashik Municipal Corporation, the only civic body the MNS rules.