BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh resigns

In a major jolt to BJP leadership in Maharashtra, its MLA Ashish Deshmukh, a staunch proponent of separate Vidarbha state, has announced his resignation as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly as well as from the primary membership of the party.

Immediately after announcing his resignation, he has left to Wardha, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi stationed to attend Congress Working Committee meeting, to meet him and also join Congress.

Son of former Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ranjet Deshmukh, Ashish represents Katol constituency in Nagapur district. He said he will meet Assembly Speaker tomorrow to submit his resignation.

He has accused the BJP government of ignoring the plight of farmers and youths in the country and indulging in “divisive and vote bank politics”. “The situation of farmers and the youth has worsened in the last four years but the government is indulged only in the politics of vote bank for winning elections and dividing the nation,” he added.

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