Mumbai: In a jolt to Shiv Sena, its MP from
adjoining Thane district on Friday shared staged with Sharad
Pawar, at the latter`s party office, and launched a diatribe
against the saffron party, saying it was not the Sena of yore.
Anand Paranjpe, Lok Sabha member from Kalyan, made a
dramatic entry at the press conference being addressed by
Pawar and presented a bouquet to the NCP leader, who said the
Sena MP was meeting him for "developmental issues".
However, there are indications that Paranjpe has made up
his mind to leave Sena and is waiting for the party to take
action, so that he can retain his House membership.
"The Sena which was what Bal Thackeray wanted is no more.
Loyal Shiv Sainiks are being sidelined in today`s Sena,"
"Earlier Sena was a family. Everyone shared sorrows
together but that is not the case now. The only name that came
to me when I thought about development issues was that of
Pawar saheb and I have come to meet him," he said.
The local Sena leadership in Thane had opposed minorities
and Urdu schools, Paranjpe said. "Those who have kicked the
saffron flag (of Sena) in the past are being welcomed in that
party," he said.
"Paranjpe has come to us to seek our cooperation in
solving the local developmental issues," Pawar said.
Asked if the move could attract provisions of anti-
defection law, Pawar said, "this is not something against the
party at party forum on floor of Parliament. He just met us
for development issues."
Anand`s father Prakash Paranjpe was also a Sena MP. Anand
was fielded by the party after his father`s demise.
Meanwhile, home department sources said security outside
Paranjpe`s home and office has been stepped up.