Former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil to join BJP according to Girish Mahajan

Ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls, former Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil met state Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan at the latter's residence

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Days after resigning from the party, former senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is reportedly set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Maharashtra Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday informed that the former state opposition leader will join BJP on June 1.

This comes as a major setback for the already disputed Congress ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. After Patil met Mahajan at latter’s house, the BJP leader informed that Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil will join the party after Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes oath on May 30.

Earlier, Sujay Vikhe Patil, the son of Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, joined BJP after being denied a Lok Sabha ticket by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress alliance. After this, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil offered his resignation from the party which was accepted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on April 25. Patil had also resigned from the position of Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

While talking to the reporters, BJP leader Girish Mahajan informed that there are only formalities left for Vikhe-Patil before joining the BJP. He has no desire to continue with the Congress-NCP, Mahajan added.

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The political speculations suggest that Vikhe-Patil might be offered the ministerial post while a few MLAs from the Congress and NCP alliance may also join BJP. When asked about his plan to join BJP, Vikhe-Patil replied that nothing has been finalised and he has come to thank Mahajan for providing support for his son's victory in LS polls.

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