In a major jolt to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Thane, legislator Subhash Bhoir quit the party and joined the Sena on Thursday.
Ironically, around the same time, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar was inducting BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s brother Panditrao into the NCP, indicating a rift in the BJP.
Bhoir, a senior party leader in Thane, represented the Mumbra area, an NCP stronghold. Bhoir said he quit the party because he was finding it difficult to work under Thane NCP president Jitendra Awhad. HT had reported earlier this month that there were chances of Bhoir leaving the NCP and deflecting to the Sena.
This is the second setback for the NCP in Thane, which had, in early January, lost Dashrath Patil, former corporator from Thane and senior leader, to the Sena.
Speaking to the media, Bhoir said that he was not happy with Ahwad’s functioning and found his decision making “autocratic.” Sources in the Sena said that the party was considering fielding Bhoir opposite Ahwad in the Kalwa Mumbra assembly segment, currently represented by Ahwad.
His defection from the party could affect the NCP in Thane, which is looking to wrest the municipal corporation from the Sena-BJP combine’s control.
This setback comes just a day after the Congress and NCP stitched an alliance for the Thane civic polls.