Nationalist Congress Party workers on Thursday protested outside the house of defiant party MLC Ram Pandagale, who had fired a salvo at party chief Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar two days ago.
The workers were arrested and freed on bail. On Tuesday, Pandagale said Sharad Pawar was shielding the corrupt ministers of his party. He said home minister RR Patil was least bothered about the atrocities against the scheduled castes and tribes. He also held Ajit Pawar responsible for corruption in various projects and schemes.
A group of party workers, led by North Mumbai district president Prakash Surve, burnt Pandagale’s effigy after parading it on a donkey. The workers tried to enter the residential tower at Thakur Complex in Kandivli, where Pandagale lives, but were stopped by security guards.
Pandagale said the workers wanted to attack him and his family members, but was saved by the police’s intervention. “There was nothing wrong in what I said,” he said. He claimed that Ajit Pawar had called him up to clarify on the allegations levelled on him.
“Our workers tried to enter Pandagale’s buildinglives but failed. He should not be allowed to roam freely as he has attacked our leaders,” Surve said.