The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) woes in the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar, which is its stronghold, are increasing.
Days after sitting corporator Pravin Chedda exited the party to join the Congress, another senior leader and MLA Prakash Mehta has shot a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari ruing that he is being sidelined in the party's affairs.
Mehta is a five-time BJP MLA who also served as the president of the Mumbai unit of BJP. A close supporter of Gopinath Munde, Mehta has a strong support base in Ghatkopar.
In his letter, Mehta alleged that the party office bearers had not been taking him into confidence in the past few months and hinted at the possibility of quitting.
"Some people have left the party due to local leaders not being taken into confidence. There are also some who are part of the party but scuttling its chances [of winning the civic elections]," Mehta wrote.
He further wrote, "The seat-sharing [between BJP, Shiv-Sena and RPI] has been undertaken without taking the local leadership into confidence. This will lead to dissensions within the party."
"We will ensure that we address issues that have been raised by him [Mehta]," senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse said.