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Sattar resigns from Thackeray govt, unhappy with MoS status

Abdul Sattar has had a history of sulking; he quit two posts and then resigned from the INC, citing differences with the party leadership

Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar Abdul Nabi has resigned from the Maharashtra Cabinet. However, he has not yet sent his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Many Shiv Sena leaders were upset, said sources, after Abdul Sattar was made a minister of state, following which he resigned.

Recently, 36 new ministers were sworn in the Thackeray government, including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, 25 cabinet-rank ministers and 10 ministers of state. The chief minister’s son Aaditya Thackeray was made a minister too. Not only the INC and NCP but also the Shiv Sena filled their respective quotas to keep the Muslim community in Maharashtra with them.

Abdul Sattar was said to be upset over being made an MoS. Sattar has sent his resignation to a senior politician of the Shiv Sena, Anil Desai. Since this development, Shiv Sena leaders have been trying to persuade Sattar to join the government again but he is reportedly firm on his decision. This is a pressure tactic, sources close to Sattar say.

Sattar: A history of sulking

Sattar was briefly a minister in 2014 in the INC-NCP government in Maharashtra. In 2019, he left the INC and joined the Shiv Sena, following prolonged differences with the party leadership.

  1. In 2016, he had quit as the leader of the INC’s Aurangabad unit, claiming that the party had not cooperated with him during the 2016 local election.
  2. On 30 July 2018, he resigned from the assembly in support of the Maratha quota demand, which would guarantee government jobs and education to be reserved for Marathas.
  3. In March 2019, he was expecting to become the Congress Party candidate for the Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency for the 2019 Indian general election. On being denied a ticket, which instead went to Subhash Zambad, Sattar resigned from the party.

Sattar is a three-term MLA in Maharashtra from the Sillod constituency. He served as the state’s cabinet minister for animal husbandry.

INC-NCP-era chief minister tainted by allegations of corruption Ashok Chavan, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, former Speaker Dilip Valse-Patil and NCP national spokesman Nawab Malik were included in the expansion of the Maharashtra council of ministers. For the first time since 2014, four Muslim faces figure in the ministry. While Abdul Sattar of the Shiv Sena had got the post of an MoS, Nawab Malik and Hasan Mushrif of NCP and terrorist sympathiser Aslam Sheikh of the INC have all been given cabinet berths.

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