When rumours rife in political circles that the controversial forest minister Sanjay has resigned from the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet after he was linked to the death of a 23-year old Pooja Chavan, surprisingly many people also are coming forward to support the minister.
The Sarpanch of Kalvati Tanda in Ambajogai taluka of Beed district, who is from the BJP, has resigned from the party after making serious allegations against the BJP. Sarpanch Kamal Nathrao Chavan sent his resignation letter to BJP state president Chandrakant Patil in support of Sanjay Rathod.
The resignation letter read, “I am Kamal Nathrao Chavan Kalvati, Tal. Ambajogai, Dist. As Sarpanch of Beed, I am resigning from my BJP membership.” The reason for Kamal Chavan’s resignation, he alleged that after the death of leader Gopinath Munde, BJP leaders from time to time are conspiring to oust the Maharashtra’s OBC leadership and high-ranking Banjara community leader such as Sanjay Rathod. However, he could not cite a single reason how the BJP was involved into the controversy. And why the media is talking the issue repeatedly and people in general are demanding arrest of the minister?
It’s unfortunate that people of progressive Maharashtra are still involving themselves in the caste politics. And as the minister belongs to a particular community, he is being supported by his caste fellows even after he was involved in a suicide case of a young lady.
The basic question is that how can these leaders, who are coming forward to support the minister, justify the relationship, if any, between the minister and the TikTok actress. The state should constitute an SIT investigation into the matter and let the truth comes accordingly. And even if there is a conspiracy against the minister, it should expose it!
** M Charulata