Mumbai :- The senior Congress leader and ex-MP, Yashwantrao Gadakh has warned his party men and leaders of NCP, who have expressed dissatisfaction over portfolio distribution in last months’ cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and said that they should behave properly or Uddhav Thackeray will resign.
The senior Congress criticised his own party men when several Congress leaders expressed disappointment over the allocation of portfolios and cabinet berths. Senior leaders like Vijay Wadettiwar had to be cajoled by party leadership. Gadakh, who won the national elections from Ahmednagar seat thrice, said that Uddhav Thackeray is “not a regular politician” and “he has the mentality of an artist”. Leaders of the Congress and NCP – two allies of Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra – “should stop complaining about portfolios”, he advised.
The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his cabinet last month after long-drawn consultations. The three parties were in a tussle over cabinet berths and portfolio distribution. The NCP seemed to be the clear winner as it bagged Home, Finance and Water Resources portfolios along with the Deputy Chief Minister’s post which went to Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar.
The dissatisfaction within the Congress and the NCP could be gauged when a senior minister Vijay Wadettiwar even refused to take the charge of his ministry last month.