In a major setback to Congress during Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra, Congress Legislative Party leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has resigned as Leader of Opposition(LoP) in Maharashtra Assembly. According to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, party President Rahul Gandhi had accepted Vikhe Patil’s resignation as the LoP.
Vikhe Patil’s move comes in the wake of his son Sujay Vikhe Patil leaving the party for the BJP, last month. The senior leader lost face when, despite his insistence that Sujay will continue in the grand old party, the latter quit to join arch rival BJP.
The rift between Vikhe Patil and Sujay became evident last year when the latter declared he would fight Lok Sabha election from Ahmednagar even if the party denied him a ticket.
Sujay had said, “My parents are in Congress, which does not mean I should remain in the party.”
Ahmednagar in central Maharashtra was a bone of contention between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress who formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. NCP has contested from this seat since 1999 and chances of it leaving the same for the grand old party were bleak. This time, it has fielded Sangram Jagtap. True to his word, Sujay is contesting from Ahmednagar, albeit on a BJP ticket.