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Crisis in Cong city unit: Leaders slam Patole’s ‘autocratic’ style’

Former minister Ramesh Bagwe, former city unit chief, minced no words. ''Patole functions in an autocratic and whimsical way.

Pune Congress crisis, Nana patole, Patole’s ‘autocratic’ style, MPCC, Ravindra Dhangekar, Ramesh Bagwe, indian express newsMPCC chief Nana Patole and party’s Pune unit chief Arvind Shinde at a party meet on Saturday. (Express File Photo)
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A DAY after senior Congress leaders from Pune city skipped a meeting addressed by MPCC chief Nana Patole, Ravindra Dhangekar, MLA, said he was not “upset” but in the same breath said he was not being taken into confidence regarding party matters. Former Congress minister Ramesh Bagwe slammed what he called as Patole’s autocratic style of functioning.

”I did not attend yesterday’s meeting addressed by Patole as I was busy. No, I am not upset..’.’ Dhangekar initially told The Indian Express on Sunday. When pressed for a reply, Dhangekar contended that he “and other party seniors were not being taken into confidence when decisions affecting the city unit were taken. My views are not taken when changes are being made in the party.”

Former minister Ramesh Bagwe, former city unit chief, minced no words. ”Patole functions in an autocratic and whimsical way. He visits the homes of those who worked against me during elections from the cantonment seat. He admits those people into the party who worked against our candidates in the polls,” Bagwe said.

Not just this, Bagwe alleged that in recent appointments of bloc presidents, he favoured those loyal to BJP. He said seniors were never consulted nor taken into confidence. ”Patole has changed the list of names suggested by the local party unit, regarding appointment of 12 bloc presidents in the city. The names were approved by the MPCC returning officer. Like this, he has taken other decisions, too, without bothering to consult party leaders. The party is not functioning as a unit or team. We have slogged for the party’s growth for years, and despite difficult times, we have remained loyal to the party.”

Bagwe added that he had earlier complained to senior party leaders like Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan about Patole’s style of functioning.

Another senior leader said, ”We are upset with the way Patole functions. He does not follow Congress plans and policies, and the Congress constitution is also ignored. While our alliance partner NCP launches aggressive campaigns and agitations against the government’s failures on various counts, the Congress in Pune city is seen going soft.”

Other seniors who ignored Patole’s presence in the city on Saturday included Mohan Joshi, Sanjay Balgude, Datta Bahirat, Aba Bagul and Avinash Bagwe.

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Arvind Shinde, Congress city unit president, said, ”Only some senior party leaders were not present. Balasaheb Shivarkar and Kamal Vyavahare were present. And it’s true that Bagwe was not in town. MLA Dhangekar has rarely attended Congress events after he joined the party a few years ago. Dhangekar thinks he is a brand himself, and has never participated in any Congress agitation against PMC.”

Asked if Congress was divided into two camps as seems evident, Shinde said, ”You can see for yourself… Patole has conveyed that leaders must behave like leaders, and seniors should behave like seniors, or they will suffer the consequences,” Shinde said. He said those who think they are bigger than the party, will be shown their place by people. ”No one is bigger than the party. The party is facing several challenges and we should all work as one team,” he said.

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When asked about the internal turmoil in the city unit, state Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe said, “It is the party’s internal matter and we will soon resolve it.”

First published on: 14-08-2023 at 04:28 IST
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