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Congress Leader "Behave properly or Uddhav Thackeray will resign"

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his cabinet in December after long-drawn consultations.

New Delhi: Former Maharashtra Congress MP Yashwantrao Gadakh has warned his partymen and leaders of Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) who have expressed their disaffection over portfolio distribution in last month cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

In a powerful message, he has said: "Behave properly or Uddhav Thackeray will resign". Leader's comment came after many Congress leaders expressed dissatisfaction over allocation of portfolios and cabinet berths. Senior leaders like Vijay Wadettiwar had to be persuade by party leadership.

Congress MP Yashwantrao Gadakh, who won the national elections from Ahmednagar seat thrice, stated that Uddhav Thackeray is "not a regular politician" and "he has the mentality of an artist".

Leaders of the Congress and NCP which are two allies of Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra - "should stop complaining about portfolios", he advised.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his cabinet in December after long-drawn consultations. The three parties were in a scramble over cabinet berths and portfolio distribution. The NCP was seemed to be the clear winner as it succeeded in winning Home, Finance and Water Resources portfolios along with the Deputy Chief Minister's post which went to Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar.

Congress leader Abdul Sattar, who had joined the Shiv Sena before the state elections, had allegedly quit over not being given a cabinet berth but he later withdrew his resignation.

Dissatisfaction within the alliance, BJP has attacked the Uddhav Thackeray government saying it "will fall apart because so many leaders are unhappy".

Addressing a rally early in January, former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis targeted the Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi over the fight.

Mr Fadnavis had said, "A month's time was taken for the expansion of the ministry. Even after a week, they are unable to allot portfolios. And now even before portfolio allotment takes place, one minister has already resigned. This is the beginning of the fall of this government."

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