Shiv Sena’s Abdul Sattar worked against the BJP candidate during the Lok Sabha elections, says BJP leader

The BJP has a voter base in Sillod, and Sattar is trying to finish off the party here, a BJP leader has alleged

Published - June 14, 2024 01:49 pm IST - Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar

Shiv Sena MLA and Minister Abdul Sattar. File

Shiv Sena MLA and Minister Abdul Sattar. File | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI

A BJP leader has demanded the expulsion of Maharashtra Minister Abdul Sattar, alleging that he had supported the Congress candidate in the Jalna seat in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

In a letter to BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule on June 12, the party's Sillod city unit chief Kamlesh Katariya alleged that Mr. Sattar, a Shiv Sena leader, and his supporters had helped Congress candidate Kalyan Kale, who defeated former Union Minister Raosaheb Danve by a margin of over one lakh votes in Jalna.

The ruling Mahayuti in Maharashtra comprises the BJP, Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the NCP headed by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.

Mr. Katariya claimed that Mr. Sattar, who represents Sillod seat in the State Assembly, had worked against the BJP candidate in his segment, which is part of Jalna Lok Sabha constituency. “The BJP has a voter base in Sillod, and Sattar is trying to finish off the party here. False cases are registered against party workers,” he alleged in the letter.

The BJP leader said party workers were disgruntled with Sattar and his followers. “We have tolerated this for the party’s sake till now. A decision should be made, and the minister should be expelled from the Maharashtra cabinet,” Mr. Katariya wrote.

Earlier, Mr. Sattar had claimed he worked for Mr. Danve, but “some of his people” backed out as they thought their support would not be returned in the upcoming Assembly polls in the Sillod constituency.

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