Shiv Sangram chief Vinayak Mete has died in a car accident at the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Khopoli city, 70 kilometers away from Mumbai city. According to cops, the accident took place near the Bhatan Tunnel at 5:30 am this morning when the car in which the Shiv Sangram leader was travelling in hit the hillock due to a technical fault.
Cops said that the leader of the popular Maratha group was initially injured in the accident and was receiving treatment at the Critical Care Unit of MGM Hospital in Panvel where he later died. According to the official statement by the police, the accident occurred after the driver of the car lost control and hit another vehicle. Mete’s bodyguard who was also injured in the accident is currently undergoing treatment.
Tributes poured in for the Maratha leader as Maharashtra leaders from across party lines tweeted their condolences. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted – “Shocked to hear about the death of our colleague, former MLA Shri Vinayakrao Mete. I pay my heartfelt tribute to him. May God give his family, relatives and workers the strength to bear this suffering.” NCP MP and daughter of Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule tweeted calling the incident ‘very sad’. “We pray that the Mete family gets the strength to bear this suffering. A heartfelt tribute,” Sule tweeted.
Mete was elected unopposed as an MLC under the BJP quota in 2016, but failed to bag a seat in the new alliance government with Eknath Shinde as the BJP did not give a seat to any of its allies, including the Shiv Sangram. Mete’s Shiv Sangram does not boast a major electoral presence in the Maharashtra state assembly, but had a huge following in parts of the Marathwada region amongst the Maratha community.