In a strange event, 27 Shiv Sena MLAs prepared reports from home after Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray asked the party leaders to meet the farmers and know their problems. The Shiv Sena leader then reprimanded those MLAs for not participating in the Sampark yatra, according to The Indian Express. Thackeray had told party MLAs from rural areas to interact with farmers.
Shiv Sena’s Sampark Yatra was organised in the Marathawada region of Maharashtra on May 7. The aim of the yatra was to improve interaction between people staying in rural areas and Sena workers. The Indian Express reported that 27 of the 63 party MLAs did not take part in the campaign and in some cases sent proxy candidates.
A Shiv Sena leader told the Indian Express ”Pimpri MLA Gautam Chabukswar sent former corporator Yasodhar Phnase to represent him. Phnase introduced himself as MLA Chabukswar. The local party workers informed party hierarchy about the incident.” The Sena leader added that many such incidents took place in several districts. Uddhav Thackeray has taken the issue very seriously.
Indian Express report says, Uddhav told party leaders to understand poll issues, in order to counter BJP in the next elections. Uddhav told party functionaries that there won’t be an electoral competition with the Congress-NCP. Party workers were told to put in extra effort to counter the BJP.
A senior party MP told the Indian Express that 27 MLAs not taking part in a campaign spearheaded by Uddhav is a cause of worry. A Sena minister told the Indian Express that in the party’s interest all leaders have been told to take to raise awareness over the failings of the government. Uddhav Thackeray will launch the second phase of the Sampark Yatra on May 15.