‘Ideology Doesn’t Permit Me to Work With Cong’: Sena Leader Quits

Ramesh Solanki quit the party on Tuesday, but said that he would always remain “Balasaheb’s Shiv Sainik at heart”

Updated27 Nov 2019, 02:41 PM IST
Politics
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Shiv Sena leader Ramesh Solanki has quit the party, soon after the power tussle in Maharashtra neared its end on Tuesday, 26 November.

On Tuesday evening, the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, the alliance of NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena selected Uddhav Thackeray as their choice for the chief minister. Soon after, Solanki announced his resignation from the party, citing differences in ideology.

Solanki took to Twitter, saying that he was making the making the "most difficult decision of my life" and thanked Uddhav and Aaditya.

He went on to talk about his journey with the party, saying that he had joined the party in 1998, having been inspired by the "fearless leadership and charisma" of Balasaheb Thackeray.

He added that he had seen many ups and downs and been in many posts and capacities while "following the Hindutva ideology of Balasaheb".

He went on to say that he had given the party his all, day and night, but after the political decision made by Sena to join hands with Congress and NCP, he could no longer remain with the party because of his conscience and ideology.

"But my conscious and ideology doesnt permit me to work with Congress, I cant work half heartedly and it wont be fair to my post, my party my fellow ShivSainiks and my leaders," (sic) he wrote on Twitter.

He added that he would always remain "Balasaheb's Shiv Sainik at heart" and was leaving as a "proud Shiv Sainik for my ideology n principles" (sic).

Solanki is the first Shiv Sena leader to leave the fold since the alliance between NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena was made concrete.

According to an NDTV report, Solanki had been upset since Sena, NCP and Congress MLAs gathered at a hotel in Mumbai for a show of strength were made to take a pledge of allegiance to their parties.

Solanki was in the news recently for filing a complaint against Netflix and demanding that the platform be censored, the NDTV report said.

(With inputs from NDTV.)

(Correction: An earlier version of this article wrongly said that Ramesh Solanki was a Shiv Sena MLA. It has been corrected to reflect that he was a Shiv Sena leader. Error is regretted.)

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Published: 27 Nov 2019, 12:51 PM IST
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