Veteran politician Vinayak Mete died in a road accident on the Mumbai-Pune highway in the wee hours of Sunday.
Shiv Sangram chief Vinayak Mete was killed in a car accident on the Mumbai-Pune highway near Khopoli town, 70 kilometers from Mumbai city. According to police, the accident occurred near Madap tunnel at 5:30 am this morning when the car in which the Shiv Sangram leader was traveling hit the hillock due to a technical fault.
Police said 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 died later. According to the official police statement, the accident occurred after the driver of the car lost control and collided with another vehicle. Mete’s bodyguard, who was also injured in the accident, is currently undergoing treatment.
NCP MP and Sharad Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, tweeted and called 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 MLC under the BJP quota in 2016, but failed to get a seat in the new alliance government with Eknath Shinde as the BJP did not give a seat to any of its allies, including Shiv Sangram. Shiv Sangram from Mete does not have a major electoral presence in the Maharashtra state assembly, but he had a large following in parts of the Marathwada region among the Maratha community.