Maharashtra Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat quits post over rift with party chief Nana Patole
- In Reports
- 06:02 PM, Feb 07, 2023
- Myind Staff
Maharashtra Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat on Tuesday resigned as the state legislature party head, a day after his letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge over apparent friction with state unit chief Nana Patole came out, news agency PTI reported citing sources.
Thorat has sent his resignation to the party high command, the PTI report stated.
This comes a day after Thorat's aide told the media that he conveyed to the party's central leadership that he cannot work with Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole due to his "anger" towards him.
In his letter to Kharge, Balasaheb Thorat wrote that he was "humiliated" and a "vicious campaign" was run against him to portray that he was aligning with the BJP. Thorat also said he was not consulted before decisions were taken in Maharashtra.
The Congress leader is the maternal uncle of Satyajit Tambe who recently won the Legislative Council election from the Nashik division graduates constituency as an independent candidate.
Thorat is a staunch Congress loyalist and has earlier served as the party’s state president apart from holding many key ministerial portfolios.
The rift surfaced days after Thorat's brother-in-law and then Nashik graduates constituency MLC Sudhir Tambe declined to contest despite being the Congress' official candidate. His son Satyajit Tambe then fought as an independent and won the election, results of which were announced on February 2.
While the Congress was left red-faced due to the episode, the silence of Thorat, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury, was seen as silent support to the Tambe father-son duo, PTI reported.
Image courtesy: Twitter