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19 held for attack on Cong office by MLA's supporters

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Last updated on: January 02, 2020 20:41 IST
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IMAGE: Bhor MLA Sangram Thopte, whose supporters attacked Congress office in Pune on Tuesday in protest against his non-inclusion in the council of ministers. Photograph: ANI

19 people were arrested for the attack on the Congress office in Pune by supporters of party MLA Sangram Thopte in protest against his non-inclusion in the Maharashtra ministry, police said on Wednesday.

Thopte's supporters attacked the 'Congress Bhavan', located in Shivajinagar area in Pune, on Tuesday and vandalised the property.


They shouted slogans against the Congress leadership for not giving ministerial berth to Thopte, the MLA from Bhor seat in Pune and son of former minister Anantrao Thopte.

The police subsequently arrested 19 supporters of Thopte late on Tuesday night and booked them under Indian Penal Code sections for rioting and unlawful assembly, an official at Shivajinagar police station said.

"We arrested 19 people who were involved in rioting, stone-pelting and vandalism at the Congress Bhavan. They were later released on bail," he said, adding that all the IPC sections slapped on the accused were bailable.

Party sources said anger has spread among supporters of political families from the Congress after their leaders were not picked for Cabinet berths in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.

Chief Minister Thackeray expanded his month-old ministry on Monday by inducting 36 ministers, taking its total strength to 43.

The Shiv Sena, led by Thackeray, joined hands with the Congress and NCP, its traditional adversaries, after its alliance with the BJP collapsed over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post following the state Assembly polls held in October last year. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said Thopte has been pacified and assured that he will get his due.

Thorat also dismissed rumours of unrest in the Congress over allocation of portfolios.

Everyone cannot be accommodated as there is a three-party alliance government in the state, the Congress leader told reporters in Mumbai.

"I spoke to Sangram Thopte last night. The Congress is a family and he will get his due," he said.

"Since we are part of a three-party government, we got less ministerial berths," the Congress leader said.

Thorat also dismissed rumours of unrest in the party over portfolio allocation.

"Discussions are on and the allocation of portfolios is expected today," he said.

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