In what could be a second setback to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Thane, the party might lose one of their party legislators to the Shiv Sena, close on the heels of the civic polls.
Member of Legislative Council Subhash Bhoir on Monday publicly expressed his unhappiness with the party's local leadership, saying he was fed up with the internal squabbling and the way the affairs were being managed. Sources said that there is a chance that Bhoir could deflect to the Sena, which has promised him better prospects.
On Sunday, a senior politician from Thane and former coporator Dashrath Patil quit the NCP to join the Sena, expressing a similar grouse against the NCP. According to sources, both these leaders were unhappy with NCP Thane party president and legislator Jitendra Awhad for what they term as an 'undemocratic' style of functioning.
Speaking to HT, Bhoir said: "I have not formally resigned from the NCP yet. I am unhappy with the party leadership, and specifically, one person, who has been dictatorial in his functioning."
If Bhoir does move to the Sena, it could strengthen the Sena's bastion in Thane, as Bhoir has clout in the Mumbra-Diva area. He is also a prominent leader of the Agri community, which has a strong presence in some parts of Thane. Sena has plans to field Bhoir against Awhad, a legislator from Kalwa-Mumbra constituency, said sources.
However, sources in the NCP said that Bhoir's MLC term is till 2014, and hence he would not quit the party and was just flexing his muscles.
Ahwad said: "Some people wanted positions like CIDCO chairmanship and did not get it. That's the reason there is some unhappiness.''
Reacting to the developments, senior leader Vasant Davkhare said: "It's unfortunate that these party leaders are quitting. We should introspect why this is happening.''