Giving a big jolt to Congress, Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, has joined BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai.
It is learnt that the denial of a ticket by the Congress for contesting from the Ahmednagar seat was the immediate provocation behind the move. Sharad Pawar and NCP was unwilling to give the Ahmednagar seat to Sujay Patil. The Congress has already finalised its seat-sharing arrangement with the Sharad Pawar-led NCP for the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, keeping 26 seats and giving 22 to NCP.
After joining BJP, Sujay lauded PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for their leadership and also thanked CM Fadnavis for giving him a chance to serve the party.
Sujay said he took this decision against his father’s wishes, but he will try to make his family proud by working under the guidance of BJP. UNI