With BJP not in power, many MLAs want to return: Nawab Malik

Nearly a dozen of these MLAs shifted to BJP from Congress and NCP are in touch with the leadership of MVA. Along with this, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse is also likely to join the saffron party.


Amid the speculations that several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs are likely to join Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) front in Maharashtra, Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Nawab Malik and Jayant Patil confirmed that these MLAs are in touch with the NCP leadership. 

Nearly a dozen of these MLAs shifted to BJP from Congress and NCP are in touch with the leadership of MVA. Along with this, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse is also likely to join the saffron party. 

Mumbai NCP President Nawab Malik said that most MLAs who had shifted to BJP are in touch with Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar.

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Malik said that Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ ‘mega recruitment drive’ before the assembly elections in Maharashtra was successful. 

...but with BJP government not in power, many MLAs want to return. We are yet to decide on whether to admit them, but a decision will be taken on merit,” said Malik.

Moreover, Maharashtra NCP President Jayant Patil said that the legislators have approached NCP on their own. 

The leadership is likely to take a decision on this after the upcoming winter session of Maharashtra Legislature which will be held in Nagpur. 

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After BJP government fell down after three days, Khadse expressed his disappointment with the party for “sidelining” him and blamed the “insiders” of working actively towards defeating his daughter Rohini Khadse who contested the assembly polls from Muktainagar in Jalgaon district.

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