Giving a major setback to Congress ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Maharasthra’s Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil quits his position and handed over his resignation to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on `moral grounds’.
At a time when the party is hoping to perform well in the polls due to its alliance with NCP, the Congress is failing to check deep rooted factionalism among its leaders.
As of now, the Congress is expected to contest 25 of the 48 seats while the NCP would fight from the remaining 23 seats. From the looks of it, the grand old party might spare one seat from its share for the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by farmer’s leader Raju Shetti.
Recently Vikhe Patil’s son Sujay Vikhe Patil had defected to join the BJP. The party chief would decide on his fate, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has said.
After the setback of his son joining the BJP, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil had squarely blamed NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. “It is wrong to say that the entire situation in Ahmednagar is because of my son. Since our talk with NCP had started there were talks of exchanging a few seats. We were working towards winning maximum seats.
“And in that context, we wanted Ahmednagar seat. It was disheartening to see a senior leader like Sharad Pawar raking up old issues pertaining to my late father. It was unbecoming of him. Sujay may have taken the decision because of the statements made against his grandfather,” Vikhe had said earlier.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said he will suggest the BJP leadership to field Sujay Vikhe Patil, a neurosurgeon by profession, from the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.