Thane Deputy Mayor resigns from post after being held captive
Thane: Thane Deputy Mayor and district BJP chief Milind Patankar tendered his resignation as Deputy Mayor here today, after being held captive and surrounded by an irate mob of Shiv Sena and BJP workers for more than four hours in his office.
The high pitched drama in the civic headquarters was the result of transport committee member Ajay Joshi defecting from the BJP to the NCP-Congress camp who voted the rebel Sena nominee Sailesh Bhagat to the office of the Chairman of the TMT Committee.
Patankar was targeted by the Sena and BJP since Joshi is considered close to Patankar and it was alleged throughout the drama that Patankar had deceived his partymen even in past elections.
They alleged that he had a dealing with the NCP State Executive President and the MLA Jitendra Bunty Awhad on account of which he created problems in BJP and the Sena circles here.
Meanwhile, the NCP camp was overjoyed, since the party had snatched away the TMT Committee from the Sena-BJP combine and this is seen as the beginning of the paty’s inroads into other committees.
Patankar was removed out of corporation premises under police protection and security has also been provided at his residence, sources said.
Irked partymen attack TMC Deputy Mayor on Sena nominee defeat
Thane Deputy Mayor and BJP city president Milind Patankar was today allegedly attacked by an angry mob of Shivsena and BJP activists over the defeat of Sena nominee Pappu Kadam in elections to the Civic Transport Committee Chairman here.
The elections were held in the TMC headquarters here in which lone BJP member Ajay Joshi defected and voted against Kadam. As a result, NCP nominee Sailesh Bhagat got elected as the Committee Chairman by just one vote. While Bhagat polled four votes, Kadam secured three in the election in which district Collector P Velrasu was the returning officer.
Soon, tempers ran high in the Corporation as the news of the defeat of Sena nominee spread. Sainiks rushed to the office of the Deputy Mayor accompanied by irate BJP activists and flung chairs at him and even roughed him up.
BJP leader Raju Kale who came to the rescue of Patankar, was also abused and chided by the mob. The NCP was jubilant over the win of Bhagat with Jitendra Awhad and his men celebrating. BJP and Sena men then marched to the residence of Joshi and Patankar staging protests.