A day after being sworn-in as Housing minister in the Maharashtra State Cabinet, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, on Monday, was greeted with protesters holding placards and chanting 'Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram. Jai Shri Ram,' when he entered the Capitol building in Mumbai to attend the monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly which begins on Monday.
Visuals show Opposition leaders standing on the steps leading the entrance of the building chanting 'Aaya Ram. Gaya Ram, Jai Shri Ram' (Ram comes. Ram goes. Jai Shri Ram), mocking the former Leader of Opposition and Congress senior leader Patil's defection to the saffron party. The protesters are also seen chanting slogans on the lines that Patil's defection amounted to an insult to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's memory.
Earlier on Sunday, two weeks of after quitting the Congress party, Radhakrishna Vikhe along with 12 other leaders took oath as ministers into the expanded Maharashtra Cabinet in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers, as per sources. The newly inducted cabinet included 9 BJP ministers (Patil nominated on behalf of BJP), 2 Shiv Sena ministers and 1 RPI minister.
Apart from the above-mentioned cabinet ministers, sources further report that six ministers were dropped from the current cabinet: Vishnu Savra, Rajkumar Badole, Raj Atram, Dilip Kamble, Pravin Pote and Prakash Mehta.
Previously on June 4, Patil, had officially resigned as Congress MLA from Maharashtra's Shirdi constituency. He had submitted his resignation to Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha. Along with him, other Congress leaders namely Abdul Sattar, Kalidas Kolambkar and Jaykumar Gore have also resigned from their posts as MLAs, according to sources.
The entire Vikhe Patil- Pawar family tussle started when Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil wanted a ticket for his son Sujoy from the Ahmednagar seat and was denied. Subsequently, Sujay joined BJP and won the seat against NCP's Sangram Arunkaka Jagtap.
In the Lok Sabha 2019 polls, the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance in the state won 23 and 18 seats respectively bringing their tally to 41 in the state's 48 seats. While NCP won 4 seats, Congress was reduced to 1 seat won by Suresh alias Balu Dhanorkar from Chandrapur, where Union minister Hansraj Ahir lost.