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No ministerial berth, Sangram Thopte’s supporters smash Cong office; 19 held
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No ministerial berth, Sangram Thopte’s supporters smash Cong office; 19 held

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Mumbai/Pune: As Congress’ Pune MLA Sangram Thopte has not been inducted into the cabinet, his angry supporters barged into the Congress party office in Shivaji Nagar and vandalised property.

Nineteen people were arrested for the attack on 'Congress Bhavan'. They shouted slogans against the Congress leadership for not giving ministerial berth to Thopte, the MLA from Bhor seat and son of former minister Anantrao Thopte.

Scores of Congress supporters of Thopte, armed with sticks and rods, barged into the party office in Shivaji Nagar and threw away chairs, tables, glass fittings, computers, a television set and other furniture. They did not spare the chamber of city party Chief Ramesh Bagwe, said other office-staff who witnessed the vandalism.

State Congress President Balasaheb Thorat expressed concern over the developments and said the party leaders would speak to them and sort out their grievances. The developments came a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery expanded his cabinet to its full strength, which has brewed discontent among sections of the Maha Vikas Aghadi allies on Tuesday.