Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have to face rebellion within their party in future as senior MP from Vidarbha Nana Patole clearly gave indications of ditching the party. On Friday, he criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he neither listens to any party workers nor does he reply on the issues of OBS and farmers.
Patole's rebel will have wide ranging effects on BJP internally, while it will also affect the party base in Vidarbha region. Patole unambiguously attacked BJP leadership at centre and state. At the same time, he raised the issue of OBC Ministry. Patoles' behaviour of criticising the party's supreme leader clearly indicates that he is making ground to ditch BJP. His ditching on the issue of OBC Ministry could damage BJP in Vidarbha, where a large number of OBC votes belong. These OBC voters always support the BJP in the elections.
Patole is using the same card against the party, which will definitely disturb this core vote bank.
Patole levelled serious charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday in Nagpur. He named PM Modi 'Someone who doesn't like questions' and CM Fadnavis 'CM who failed in bringing money to the State from Delhi'.
Patole was three times MLA before he became MP by defeating NCP's Praful Patel in 2014. He wanted to be a minister in PM Modi's cabinet, but he was not considered. Eventually, BJP leadership never smelled his ambitions. Now, before the reshuffle of union cabinet, he realised that he will not be considered this time, too. Disgruntled, Patole came out openly attacking the party.
Earlier, Patole was in Congress and joined BJP in 2009 assembly elections. His direct attck on BJP leaders may be considered as an indication of preparing the ground to return back to Congress. If Patole quits the BJP and joins the Congress, it will rejuvenate the Congress in Vidarbha region, where the grand old party is tumbling to find ground.