Leaders' 'extra-party' outfits worries Cong-NCP ranks
'Social' outfits floated by top leaders have become a cause for concern for Congress and NCP, and a source of resentment for the party workers who feel marginalised.
NCP has the highest number of such independent, 'extra-party' outfits controlled by influential leaders.
PWD minister and NCP heavyweight Chhagan Bhujbal controls the 'Akhil Bharatiya Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad'. NCP MLC and vice president Vinayak Mete heads 'Shiv Sangram' which has taken up the cause of reservations for Maratha community.
Rajya Sabha MP Govindrao Adik has his 'Krushak Samaj', Public Undertakings minister Jaidutt Kshirsagar runs 'Teli Parishad', Water Supply minister Laxman Dhobale controls 'Rayat Mahasangh'. State NCP president Madhukar Pichad controls 'Adivasi Vikas Parishad'.
Uttam Gaikwad, an NCP activist from Mumbai told PTI that parallel outfits of senior leaders exist at the cost of ordinary party workers.
"Instead of working for the party, which has made them what they are today, the leaders are busy furthering their own interests. They have their own supporters, who get prominence in the party hierarchy," he said, adding, party workers who are not a part of such outfits get sidelined.
Gaikwad wondered why such leaders should be given party posts. "Because of them, the party gets weakened."