The defection of Thane MP Anand Paranjpe to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has got the Shiv Sena worried. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray convened a high-level meeting to control the damage ahead of the civic polls.
At the meeting, Thackeray made it clear that the incident was to be played down. “We were told to stop protests and keep our cool,” said a party leader who did not wish to be named. “The party leadership is of the opinion that protests would only benefit Paranjpe and increase his stature,” he said.
The meeting convened at the Sena Bhavan saw all major leaders in attendance. Speaking to the media, Sena legislator Eknath Shinde said the incident had in fact united the party. “We will take on the Congress-NCP and win back the corporation with more seats,” Shinde said.
Paranjpe was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan-Dombivli constituency in 2009.
On Friday, Paranjpe shocked everyone when he shared the dais with NCP chief Sharad Pawar during the press meet. He also criticised the current Sena leadership calling it anti-developmental.
Soon after, Sena cadres were seen protesting against Paranjpe and more than 100 activists took to the streets in Dombivli and Kalyan.