Maratha Leader and Ex-MLC Vinayak Mete Dies in Car Accident

Shiv Sangram Death

Officials said that Shiv Sangram party leader and former member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council Vinayak Mete was killed after a vehicle hit his car on Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Sunday morning.
He was 52.
Mete was a staunch supporter of reservation for the Maratha community.
The officials said the accident occurred at 5.05 am near Mandap tunnel under the jurisdiction of Rasayani police station in the neighboring Raigad district.
Mete, another person, and his driver was in the car on their way to Mumbai from Pune.
The official said a vehicle hit their car near the Mandap tunnel, and they all received severe injuries.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar also expressed grief over Mete’s death.

His Life Aim

“His focus was more on social issues than political ones. He was more of a social activist than a political leader,” Pawar told a TV channel.

Biodata of Mete

Mete was from Rajegaon village in Beed district’s Kej tehsil and belonged to a family with no political background. He became a leader of the Maratha Mahasangh. He entered the state legislative council for the first time in 1995 after the Mahasangh extended support to the then Shiv SenaBJP government. He spent a total of five terms on the board.

He formed the Maharashtra Lok Vikas Party in 1996-’97 and changed its name to the Shiv Sangram Sanghatana around 1999. Soon afterward, Mete developed links with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and joined the party, which appointed him its vice president and made him MLC twice. In 2008, Mete was at the center of a storm after Shiv Sangram workers attacked the house of then Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar over an editorial criticizing the plans to build a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea.

In 2014, he quit the NCP and backed the BJP.Mete helped the BJP gain a toehold in the Maratha community.

“It is a huge shock for us. He was earlier also part of the NCP. He pursued the demand of reservation for Marathas in education and government jobs,” Pawar said.

Official Annonuce

The official further informed that a vehicle hit the minister’s car under the Mandap tunnel injuring the passengers inside the car. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis reached the MGM hospital in Panvel upon hearing the news.

Sharad Pawar expressed grief over the Maratha leader’s death while Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray issued a statement mourning Mete.

In Hospital

A doctor who checked on Mete at the MGM Hospital in Panvel later told reporters that the leader was brought to the hospital in a seriously injured condition.
“He was brought in at 6.20 am. He had no pulse or blood pressure, and his pupils were not moving. He died before being brought to the hospital. We even performed an ECG (electrocardiogram), but it showed a flat line (indicating no heart movement),” the doctor said.
The former MLC, who hailed from the Marathwada region’s Beed adistrict, supported the Maratha reservation.


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