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NCP exodus continues; minister, legislator join BJP

Former NCP leader from Sangli Ajit Ghorpade joined BJP recently in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: September 22, 2014 4:08 pm
Suryakanta Patil, once considered close to NCP chief  Sharad Pawar, had criticised him and given enough hints about her plans to join the BJP (Source: PTI photo) Suryakanta Patil, once considered close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had criticised him and given enough hints about her plans to join the BJP (Source: PTI photo)

In a jolt to NCP, its minister in Maharashtra government Sanjay Savkare and party legislator Kisan Kathore joined BJP here on Monday.

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse announced that the two were being inducted into the BJP.

“Both the leaders have a strong following in their constituencies and BJP will benefit from it in the October 15 polls,” he said.

Savkare, who represents Bhusawal Assembly seat in north Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, was Minister of State for Agriculture. Kathore represents Murbad in Thane district.

“I decided to quit NCP because of local issues in my constituency. My supporters were angry over certain things and wanted me to join BJP. I was also noticing that another NCP leader in my region was being promoted by the party leadership and I was being marginalised,” Savkare said.

The two are the latest in a long list of NCP leaders to join BJP in the last few days.

Former NCP leader from Sangli Ajit Ghorpade joined BJP recently in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Ghorpade may lock horns with state Home Minister R R Patil in the Tasgaon-Kavathemahankal Assembly segment, if fielded by BJP which does not have the seat, as per the old seat-sharing formula with bickering ally Shiv Sena.

In a setback to the NCP, several of its senior leaders, including former Union Minister of State Suryakanta Patil, late S B Chavan’s son-in-law and former MP Bhaskarrao Patil-Khatgaonkar, had joined the BJP in presence of party’s national president Amit Shah here earlier this month.

Apart from Suryakanta Patil and Patil-Khatgaonkar, NCP’s former state minister Babanrao Pachpute and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s rival Madhav Kinhalkar also joined the BJP.

Suryakanta Patil, once considered close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had criticised him and given enough hints about her plans to join the BJP, while Patil-Khatgaonkar was upset with the Congress leadership and his brother-in-law Ashok Chavan after not being allowed to contest the recent Lok Sabha polls from Nanded constituency.

Pachpute had a running feud with NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Kinhalkar had put Ashok Chavan in the dock by lodging a complaint in the paid news case.

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    k.madhukar
    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29 am
    rats are fleeing another leaky ship called NCP.
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      Narendar
      Sep 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm
      all desert the sinking ship. Congress and NCP are in same boat.
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        Rufusd
        Sep 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm
        One cannot feel sorry for the NCP but supporters of the BJP should worry for the retion of the party if such elements who untill only yesterday were a part of the corrupt ruling alliance in the state are inducted into the party in such unseemly haste.
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          Counselor Shripad
          Sep 23, 2014 at 6:28 am
          ...BJP top br has to be aware that these people do not bring their old habits also with them....the local workers who work very hard for party should not get neglected by bjp top br...
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