Bandra, Mumbai -
Matoshree buzzed with meetings between Shiv Sena MLAs and ministers on Wednesday, with party chief Uddhav Thackeray attempting to salve egos and solve issues.
The crux of the problem appears to lie with the MLAs's disgruntlement at poor resolution of issues like waivers of farmers' loans, pending development works. At heart also lies their unhappiness with the way the Sena ministers have been treating the MLAs. A total of 38 MLAs, not counting the ministers, camped at Matoshree yesterday, after the state assembly session again witnessed uproar over the farmers' loan issues. The Sena ministers also visited the chief minister's residence Varsha before converging at Matoshree later on Wednesday.
The MLAs complained to Thackeray that the Sena ministers were not forthcoming with support during the recently held local body elections in the state. Ministers hailing from the state's urban areas do not visit rural constituencies, nor do they assist rural development works, the MLAs allegedly told Thackeray.
Sena MLAs have also complained that they receive lesser funds than their BJP counterparts for developmental works. Thackeray reportedly told the MLAs that he would meet Fadnavis in the next couple of days and get the pending developmental works initiated. Sources say that Thackeray would also try to resolve pending problems between the Sena ministers and Sena MLAs by holding personal meetings with each.
Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu told mediapersons later that Thackeray usually meets MLAs during state assembly sessions for reviews. The MLAs are this time round, pressing for waiver of farmers' loans before the state budget is passed. Thackeray is believed to be supporting the MLAs in this demand.