In what may be a major jolt to the Congress party days before the third phase of Lok Sabha Elections, former Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil may quit the party on Sunday April 21, as per sources. This comes after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil joined the BJP after quitting the Congress last month.
As per sources, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil , who was seen campaigning for his son Sujay, who is contesting the polls from Ahmednagar on a BJP ticket may break his silence on the matter and reveal his plans. There has been tremendous pressure from within the Congress party, on Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil - the MLA from Maharashtra's Shirdi constituency after his son jumped ship.
Joining the BJP in presence of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sujay Vikhe patil had revealed his reason to quit the grand -old party. He had hailed the BJP for its developmental works.
"The way BJP has worked in Ahmednagar in the last five years has impressed me and I have decided that it’s best to work and help in the development of Ahmednagar and that’s why I had to take this tough decision. I know senior BJP cadre will always support me and guide me towards the development of Ahmednagar," Patil said while addressing the BJP leaders.
Following the incident, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil had resigned from the post of the Leader of Opposition just after a week. He sent his resignation letter to the Congress party's high-command in New Delhi. However, he has not given any statement.
Before the first phase of elections, Jamnagar (Rural) MLA Vallabh Dharaviya also quit the party. The party has been facing a chaos in Punjab and Gujarat, due to the leadership tussle between its leaders. Alpesh Thakor, who joined Congress last year during Gujarat assembly elections also quit the party before the first phase of elections.
Meanwhile, Congress has finalised its seat-sharing arrangement with the NCP in Maharashtra, retaining 26 seats and giving 22 to its electoral ally. While voting in two phases are over in the state, the rest of the constituencies will be go to polls on April 23 and 29.