Prominent Maharashtra leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigned from the Congress on Tuesday. He is likely to join the BJP and it is said that around 10 MLCs are willing to follow him.
Though the Congress has dismissed the possibility, such a development may prove a huge setback to the party ahead of the assembly elections in the state that will be held in November.
According to sources, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has been promised a cabinet berth by the BJP. Patil's son Sujay Vikhe Patil has already crossed over to the BJP and won the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded elections.
It was the issue of his Lok Sabha ticket that caused Patil's rift with the Congress and led to his quitting the position of the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly in April in the middle of the elections.
Though Patil wanted the Ahmednagar seat for his son, it went to Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party under the alliance agreement.