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Mumbai: Sunil Tatkare says NCP faction clash ‘unfortunate’


Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP president Sunil Tatkare said that the clash between the supporters of party leaders Nawab Malik and Sanjay Dina Patil was “serious” and “unfortunate”.

Tatkare told reporters that he spoke to both the leaders over the phone and was also verifying yesterday’s incident independently from the party workers present there.He said both the leaders had put forth their stand and versions before him.

“I will jointly speak to them again to resolve the issue. They had differences over appointment of block presidents. I will talk to them again and try to resolve the matter. This is an internal issue of the party and appropriate decision will be taken after meeting both the leaders,” he said.

Malik is the party spokesman and former MLA from Anushakti Nagar here while Patil is the North East Mumbai district president.The members from the two rival groups of NCP had yesterday clashed during a meet at Deonar and some of them reportedly brandished weapons, police said.

The altercation broke out after supporters of Malik and Patil, a former Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai, began shouting slogans against each other, the police added.

Late in the night, supporters of both the NCP leaders gathered outside Deonar Police Station.Malik alleged that Patil resorted to firing at the event and he was “injured” in attack by sword-wielding supporters of the latter. However, Patil rejected Malik’s allegation and claimed that it was he who was attacked with swords when he was coming to attend the meeting.