Former BJP MP Nana Patole returns to Congress fold

According to Mohan Prakash, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for Maharashtra, Patole joined the Congress on January 3.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2018 5:47 pm
Former BJP MP Nana Patole returns to Congress fold Nana Patole at his residence in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)

Former BJP MP Nana Patole, who quit the ruling party following differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on agrarian issues, today said he has rejoined the Congress.

Patole, who resigned from the Lok Sabha last month over the Centre’s alleged poor handling of agrarian issues, had left the Congress to join the BJP ahead of the 2014 elections. He won the Bhandara-Gondiya parliamentary seat in Maharashtra.

“Yes, I have joined the Congress. I will take whatever responsibility the party gives me, either at the national or the state level,” Patole told PTI over phone from Yavatmal. He said he would continue to work on farmers’ issues and strengthen the party.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi (right) welcoming Nana Patole to the INC.

Patole resigned from the BJP on December 8, a day before the first phase of the Gujarat elections. He attended a poll rally along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, indicating that his return to the party was only a matter of time.

According to Mohan Prakash, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for Maharashtra, Patole joined the Congress on January 3.

“His return will strengthen the party among farmers he has been leading,” Prakash told PTI.

Patole, when still in BJP, echoed issues being raised by Rahul Gandhi even when he was in the BJP, he said. Party sources added that the former MP has joined the Congress “unconditionally”.

“Patole is back home. He has returned unconditionally, without seeking any post,” a party insider said. The Congress posted a photograph of Gandhi and Patole on Twitter with a message welcoming him to the party.

“Congress President Rahul Gandhi warmly welcomes Mr Nana Patole, Ex-MP from BJP, to the Congress family,” the caption along with the photo read.

Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan, Opposition leader in Maharashtra assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and the party’s Mumbai unit head Sanjay Nirupam can also be seen in the photo, besides Mohan Prakash and Patole.

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  1. Prasann Singh
    Jan 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    Shayad jitna socha tha, utna chori nahi kar pa rahe honghe. Maharashtra Congress k Raj ma to ministers na apne kai medical college khol lia aur Kai scam kar lia. Ya bechare chori ki talash ma galat party ma chale gaye tha. Chori ki talash ma, ya to ghar wapsi ha. All the best patole rakha.
    1. Ramalingan Narayanan
      Jan 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm
      All ex con will come back as the BJP has started sinking as these ayaram gayaram don't want to sit in any sinking boat.congress should filter to this exsodess
      1. Murali Sreedharan Nair
        Jan 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm
        ha ha ha wishful thinking...after a massive drubbing in HP and defeat in Gujarat...the khangrass still think it has won....this shows the bankruptcy of the Italian family party.