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Ceased to be a legislator Maha Health Minister quits

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Denied renomination as an MLC by his party Shiv Sena, Public Health Dr resigned Monday.

Sawant's term as a Member of (MLC) had ended in July last year, but he continued as hoping that he would be renominated by the party.

However, Sena leadership denied Sawant another term, after several workers of the party accused him of inefficiency, sources said.

Sawant resigned on the last day of his tenure as a The charge of Health ministry has been handed over to

As per rules, one can continue as a minister without being a member of either house of the only for a period of six month.

Before completion of six months, one has to become a member of either the or Legislative Council, or has to resign.

"There were several internal meetings in the last four years when party workers from across the state expressed their disappointment with Sawant not being receptive to their demands. The disappointment was growing and finally the party decided to nominate someone else who could be more useful for the party," said a close aide of party chief Uddhav Thackeray.

When asked about prospects of the Sena assigning a full-fledged responsibility of the Health portfolio to any of its leaders, he said, "We do not have enough time for appointing someone as a There is less scope of taking policy decisions, as the code of conduct for Lok Sabha polls and later the state assembly elections will kick in".

Sawant told a regional channel that he was not "unhappy", but is looking forward for a new responsibility from the party leadership.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 20:25 IST