Sudhir Joshi bows to Thackeray, resigns as president of Lokadhikar Samiti
Maharashtra Education Minister Sudhir Joshi's resignation
as president of the Lokadhikar Samiti is a direct fallout of Shiv
Sena chief Bal Thackeray's interview
to Samna. "Maybe, I will have to change the
leadership of the Lokadhikar Samiti in the future, if the situation
demands. One man (Sudhir Joshi) cannot handle the pressure of
working at three places simultaneously. These people should voluntarily
keep themselves away from the movement," Thackeray had said
during the interview.
In a direct reference to some of the ministers, with whom he is apparently peeved, the
Shiv Sena leader said, "Some of our people should have acted with a feeling
of sacrifice. But everybody got involved with the government."
Joshi tendered his resignation at a crowded conference of Lokadhikar
Samiti officials in
Thane. Minister for State for Home Gajanan Kirtikar, the Samiti's Thane president
Anand Dighe, Satish Pradhan, MP, Suryakant Dalvi and Arvind
Sawant were present when Joshi submitted his resignation.
Speaking toLoksatta, the wellknown Marathi daily, Joshi said, "I have
resigned from the post after indications from Bal
Thackeray. He has said that as ministers are already burdened by the responsibilities of being
ministers, they should resign from other responsibilities. Others should get an opportunity, so I am
resigning from the post. There is no other reason behind the resignation."
Joshi was president of the Sthaniya (local) Lokadhikar Samiti for 20 years.
The Samiti under Joshi's leadership, had
established a strong presence in Bombay's five-star hotels, banks,
the insurance sector, multinational companies and Air-India. The
Samiti's main objective was to secure jobs for native Maharashtrians
in these institutions.
Joshi was entrusted with the revenue and education portfolio
when the Sena-BJP coalition came to power in March 1995.
However, the revenue
portfolio was given to Narayan Rane after Joshi met with an
accident; it was not returned to
Joshi when he resumed office subsequently.
His term as member of Maharashtra's legislative council also expired
Interestingly, the Shiv Sena chief had also expressed dissatisfaction
over the functioning of Bombay Police Commissioner Subhash Malhotra.
If he too resigns or is transferred from his present
post, it will be an indication of the reactivation of the remote control.
Compiled by Prasanna Zore from the Marathi press