MUMBAI: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA and employment guarantee and horticulture minister Sandipan Bhumare on Saturday claimed that more legislators from the Uddhav Thackeray faction are in touch with them and would soon join CM Eknath Shinde’s group.
“Out of the 10-12 MLAs he (Thackeray) has, one of them met Shinde and me the other day. He said how to join…I said no problem, come here,” Bhumare said while speaking at a public meeting in Paithan in Aurangabad district. While political observers said the minister’s first public meeting in Paithan received a poor response, Sena’s Ambadas Danve, who was recently appointed leader of opposition in the legislative council by Thackeray, slammed Bhumare over his claims.
“There were not even 50 people at his event. Many chairs were empty. So he must first take care of himself,” he said.
A five-term MLA, Bhumare was minister for employment guarantee and horticulture in the MVA government too.

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