Entry of Cong and NCP leaders into BJP will weaken ally Shiv Sena
BJP State President Chandrakant Patil said the opposition parties will struggle to get 288 candidates.Congress State Unit President Thorat said immature leaders are falling into their trap.
MUMBAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders into its fold ahead of the State Assembly polls scheduled in October. The BJP is weakening the opposition and making its own base stronger than its ally the Shiv Sena.
Recently, NCP leader Ganesh Naik’s son joined the BJP. Ganesh Naik may join the party on August 10 in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Naik is a heavyweight in Navi Mumbai and Thane politics. His entry will weaken the NCP and he will dominate Shiv Sena’s strongman in Thane - Eknath Shinde.
In other districts, the BJP is accommodating leaders who have a hold in their areas where BJP has no base. NCP senior leader Madhukar Pichad and his son NCP MLA Vaibhav Pichad recently joined the BJP. In Akole (Ahmednagar), BJP has no hold, but Pichad’s son Vaibhav is holding the seat. Ahmednagar leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has already joined the BJP with his son Dr Sujay Vikhe-Patil who was elected as BJP MP from Ahmednagar. Now only Congress State Unit President Balasaheb Thorat remains, who has a stronghold over Shrirampur. Once upon a time, Vijaysingh Mohite-Patil from Madha and his family were known for loyalty to the Congress. He has joined the BJP after leaving the NCP.
Congress’ Solapur District Unit President Ranjitsingh Naik-Nimbalkar joined the BJP along with his followers before the Lok Sabha election. He contested from Madha as BJP candidate and got elected. Shivendra Raje Bhosale, scion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj joined the BJP. However his cousin Udayanraje Bhosale is a heavyweight in Satara.
In Mumbai, Kalidas Kolambkar, a Congress MLA joined the BJP. He is a close aide of former CM Narayan Rane. BJP State President Chandrakant Patil said the opposition parties will struggle to get candidates for all 288 constituencies. Congress State Unit President Balasaheb Thorat said it’s BJP’s trap and immature leaders are falling into their trap.