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Fadnavis by side, two heavyweights from Congress and NCP join BJP

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Harshavardhan Patil and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Categorical phopto by Pradip Das)

NCP chief Ganesh Naik and Congress chief Harshvardhan Patil on Wednesday joined the BJP within the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Naik, a heavyweight in Navi Mumbai politics, joined the BJP alongside together with his supporters and relations.

“I have always worked for the people and not for my personal gains. I realised that many of my projects would become a reality only if there was a better leadership. I believe the Chief Minister and I can make Navi Mumbai shine even better than it does,” Naik stated.

Minutes after Patil joined the social gathering, Fadnavis stated the BJP had been attempting to rope him in for the final 5 years. “We will field him from Indapur seat,” the Chief Minister stated on the perform in Mumbai.

On Wednesday, Patil stated that he took the choice to affix the BJP as even Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not discover a answer to his points. “After my rally in Indapur, Sonia Gandhi had called me up. She said she knew my problem… She said ‘let me try’… But nothing happened,” he added.

Patil stated he had met NCP chief Sharad Pawar instantly after the Lok Sabha elections. “He said he will do something… Then I met Congress leaders Venugopal, Prithviraj Chavan, Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, but they all sounded helpless.”

After the assembly in Indapur, Patil turned incommunicado to Congress and NCP leaders. “He was directly in touch with the chief minister, whom he invited for launching his book. He had made up his mind to join the BJP,” stated an aide.

NCP chief Ajit Pawar stated all makes an attempt to succeed in out to Patil had failed. “I had told Patil I will honour whatever decision senior leaders of both parties take. After Patil held a rally earlier this month, I called him up several times, but his phone was switched off. Even Prithviraj Chavan urged him not to quit and told him that some solution could be worked out. But it seems Patil had already made up his mind to quit… he is unnecessarily blaming NCP,” he stated.

“I had personally gone to Patil’s residence in Pune, but he was not available. I must have made 50 calls to him… There are political differences but Patil should not spread falsehoods,” added Pawar.

Sule stated they’d acquired no proposal concerning the Indapur seat from the Congress. “I don’t understand why he quit Congress. He had problems with the NCP, but why is he quitting Congress? This is like having a fight with the brother-in-law but parting ways with the husband…,” she stated.

Patil is a four-time MLA from Indapur. He was elected thrice as an Unbiased MLA and as soon as on a Congress ticket. Within the 2014 Meeting elections, when the Congress and NCP fought individually, NCP candidate Dattatray Bharne had defeated him.

In the meantime, former Mumbai social gathering chief Kripashankar Singh, who stop the Congress on Tuesday, is but to formally be a part of the BJP. —WITH ENS MUMBAI

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