Chandrakant Patil re-appointed as Maharashtra BJP President

BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha was also re-appointed as the party’s Mumbai unit.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) newly-elected President JP Nadda on Thursday approved the reappointment of Chandrakant Patil as the party’s Maharashtra unit President. Along with this, BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha was also re-appointed as the party’s Mumbai unit. 

This comes amid the speculations that the BJP might change its Mumbai chief. However, with his re-appointment, Lodha will continue to be Mumbai BJP President.

Earlier, there were reports suggesting that former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader, Devendra Fadnavis will join the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led cabinet in central government. However,  Fadnavis has rejected the claims. 

Moreover, the BJP is planning to mend its state unit after the party failed to form the government in Maharashtra despite being the largest party in the state assembly elections which were held last year. 

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Chandrakant Patil was first appointed as the Maharashtra BJP president in June 2019 – months before the assembly polls. Patil’s appointment came after BJP leader Raosaheb Danve was inducted in the Modi-led cabinet.

Patil, who hails from Kolhapur in Maharashtra, contested the 2019 state assembly polls for the first time from Kothrud assembly constituency in Pune and won with a huge margin. 

On the other hand, Mangal Prabhat Lodha was first appointed as Mumbai BJP chief replacing party MLA and former Maharashtra Education Minister Ashish Shelar. 

This decision has been taken ahead of the state-wide BJP meeting which will be held on February 16 in Navi Mumbai. 

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The event will be chaired by current Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil and will be attended by the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra assembly Devendra Fadnavis, LoP in Maharashtra council Praveen Darekar, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Eknath Khadse, Panakaja Munde, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, along with other leaders.

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