• "Pawar warned Uddhav about growing anxiety within Sena, coalition"

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    Thackeray's lack of discussions, particularly on significant issues, was another feature of his leadership that "irritated" the Congress.

    Digital Desk: Months before, NCP leader Sharad Pawar had warned Uddhav Thackeray about "growing anxiety" within the Sena and leaders of the ruling MVA before the political crisis in Maharashtra that was started by Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, a high-level political source told the media. Pawar even hinted at a "possible revolt."

    "Sharad Pawar had cautioned Uddhav Thackeray at least four to five months ago and had asked him to start contacting his party leaders and other ministers of MVA," the source added.

    The report said that Pawar was aware of the mounting disagreement among MVA leaders on the "inaccessibility" of Chief Minister Thackeray. The informant stated, "He had even forewarned Thackeray of a potential insurrection, but Uddhav didn't pay much attention to it."

    On a few occasions, the source said, even Pawar couldn’t get an appointment with Thackeray. The source claimed that Pawar was dissatisfied with the CM's lack of accessibility because he was not making time to meet with political leaders from different parties.

    Another source claims that Uddhav wasn't "frequently interacting" with those who were worried about him.

    Even a few MVA MLAs had complained to Pawar that Uddhav was difficult to talk to and that the CM hadn't heard them. According to a second account, they felt alone and unwelcome in the administration.

    A Congress leader said that the party's MLAs and ministers had brought up the matter with their top command in Delhi at least twice. Our cabinet ministers occasionally needed the CM's assistance with particular initiatives or regulations. However, the leader claimed that securing a meeting with the CMO was "almost impossible."

    Thackeray's lack of discussions, particularly on significant issues, was another feature of his leadership that "irritated" the Congress.

    Similar worries were expressed by the independents and smaller parties allied with MVA.

    I had made 45 calls to the CMO, according to one MLA whose party is backing the MVA. However, nobody replied. 

    According to the MLA, "this attitude" of taking the smaller parties and independents for granted led to anger and many distancing themselves from the Sena during the Council and Rajya Sabha polls.

    When reached, a Sena official claimed not to be aware of any such animosity among the MLAs. According to him, Thackeray had meetings all the time and spoke to ministers and MLAs constantly.



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