Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil on Thursday sent out a strong message to party men and spoke about structural reforms, stressing that those working hard would be encouraged and those found derelict would be relieved of their posts.
Patil referred to ‘Kaizen’, a Japanese word for “excelling”, and asked NCP workers to pull up their socks as they faced the challenge of making the party the “largest in the state”. He called for strengthening the party at the booth-level and also empowering women.
In an open letter to party workers, Patil said persons with criminal backgrounds did not have any place in the party and would never be able to be part of the organisation. Accusing the present government of ignoring the development of tribals, members of the Scheduled castes and minorities, Patil said the NCP was committed to their welfare, adding that it would give representation to functionaries from the communities in its working bodies.
He referred to the Bhima-Koregaon violence and charged the government with pitting one community against the other. The former Maharashtra minister also sought to pick holes in the decisions taken by the Devendra Fadnavis government, saying these have caused long-term damage to the state in the agricultural, industrial and social spheres.