Maharashtra Polls: Pathare Joins BJP 

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Pathare was upset with the NCP’s decision to welcome back Tingre owing to which he crossed over to BJP. Now, he is helping BJP’s Mulik. Pathare has a good number of followers. He has publicly said that since NCP denied him the ticket from Vadgaon Sheri, he joined the BJP.

Pune: Just before Maharashtra goes to the polls, it appears that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) strength is growing day by day in the city as more and more opposition leaders are joining the party.  The latest to join the fad is former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Vadgaon Sheri Bapu Pathare.

Pathare was elected MLA from Vadgaon Sheri in 2009. He contested the Assembly polls in 2014. However, NCP rebel Sunil Tingre took a share of his votes. This made BJP candidate Jagdish Mulik’s victory easy. 

Since then, Pathare and Tingre have been at loggerheads. This time, NCP fielded Tingre, who came back to the NCP camp during the civic polls in 2017 and became a corporator. 

Pathare was upset with the NCP’s decision to welcome back Tingre owing to which he crossed over to BJP. Now, he is helping BJP’s Mulik. Pathare has a good number of followers. He has publicly said that since NCP denied him the ticket from Vadgaon Sheri, he joined the BJP.

Tingre is trying to get support from Shiv Sena leaders, who are unhappy with BJP. 
 
Congress leaders also joins  BJP Congress leader Sadhanand Shetti recently joined BJP. He has a good influence in Pune Cantonment and Kasba constituencies, from where Congress’ Ramesh Bagwe and Arvind Shinde (Kasba) will face problems. 

Besides, Congress leader Chandrakant Chhajed’s son Anand, who was former corporator of Congress, joined BJP. Chandrakant Chhajed was former MLA of Bopodi constituency (after delimitation, it came under Vadgaon Sheri).

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