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."
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The Bharatiya Janata Party wrested Rampur and Azamgarh from the Samajwadi Party in the Lok Sabha bypolls on Sunday. The defeat in the two bastions meant that Akhilesh Yadav's party is now reduced to just three seats in the Lok Sabha. However, the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party might have played a role in the saffron party's win in the two Samajwadi bastions, Hindustan Times' sister publication Live Hindustan reported.
Delhi is likely to see a partly cloudy sky on Monday, with the minimum temperature to stay at 29 degrees Celsius, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. The maximum temperature, however, is predicted to reach 40 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature on Sunday was 29 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, while the maximum temperature was 40.6 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal. The prominent pollutants in Delhi's air were PM2.5 and PM10.
Bihar police on Monday arrested a Maoist and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunitions including a China made assault rifle. The police had launched a drive against suspected Maoists at Gaya, Aurangabad and Banka districts. One Insas rifle, AK-56, AK-47, assault rifle, two country made rifles, under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL), eight hand grenades, 600 live cartridges, nine magazines, one quintal ammonium nitrate (explosives) and some Maoists' literature were recovered.
IKEA, the Swedish-founded, Dutch-headquartered multinational conglomerate, saw huge crowds in Bengaluru and a bumper weekend. This was also the fist weekend since the firm - that sells and designs ready-to-assemble furniture - opened the Karnataka capital's first store for the public. This happens to be the fourth store, however, for India - other stores are in Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai and Worli. Expectedly, the firm said it was "overwhelmed".