Sena workers assault party leader’s PA outside BJP office in Pune
The workers were upset that the Sena failed to get nomination for even one of the eight assembly constituencies in Pune in the seat sharing talks with the BJP for the assembly polls on October 21Updated: Oct 12, 2019 14:36 IST
A group of Shiv Sena workers assaulted party leader Bala Kadam’s personal assistant Atul Rajurkar outside the BJP’s city office on JM Road on Thursday night.
The workers were upset that the Sena failed to get nomination for even one of the eight assembly constituencies in Pune in the seat sharing talks with the BJP for the assembly polls on October 21.
BJP MP Girish Bapat, city unit president Madhuri Misal, Kadam and the Sena’s Pune unit vice president Kiran Sali were present in the BJP office when Sena workers got into a physical fight.
“This did not happen during the meeting which was held inside the office, and we heard it happened outside after the meeting. We were informed that it was an internal matter,” said Misal.
BJP MP, Girish Bapat said, “I was busy in the meeting when the infighting was going on. There was some manhandling among Sena workers but it was small incident. Now Sena leaders have sorted it out.”
Confirming the incident, Sena’s city vice-president, Kiran Sali said Rajurkar was waiting outside the BJP office when he was gheraod and asked to explain “his false commitments” and other issues that were unacceptable.
Sali said they had a recording “of some of his demands” and an argument broke out which led to the assault.
Although BJP workers also confirmed the incident they declined to speak on record even as Sena leader Kadam denied that the incident took place. Kadam is the ‘sampark pramukh’ (publicity and coordination in-charge) of the party’s Pune unit.
The BJP had called the meeting with its alliance partner to discuss joint campaigning for the assembly polls in the city and district.
Sena workers from the city were upset that the party failed to secure even a single seat in Pune in the seat sharing talks with the BJP.
Sena workers said after the incident, the party workers went to Sena Bhavan near Pulachi Wadi to try and resolve the issue.
Meanwhile, Rajurkar could not be contacted despite many attempts. Sources said Uddhav Thackeray has invited Sena workers at Pimpri for discussions on Friday evening.
First Published: Oct 11, 2019 17:41 IST