In a recent setback to the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) in Maharashtra, former party MP Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 20th March, Wednesday. He said ‘disappointment over the top leadership of NCP’ as the reason for making the switch. Patil joined the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Patil’s father, senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Vijaysinh Mohite Patil is currently the Lok Sabha member from Madha constituency. He has also held office as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was one of the only four candidates who won against the Modi wave in 2014 polls.
There was another big exit from the NCP recently. Sujay Vikhe Patil, who joined the BJP recently, is likely to contest from Ahmednagar seat. He is the son of Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. After Sujay Vikhe Patil, now Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil’s resignation comes as a blow to the Congress-NCP combine. Like Sujay Vikhe Patil, Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil, too, said he was joining the BJP because it was the most development and aspiration-oriented political dispensation in the country.
Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil is most likely to be fielded from the Madha constituency in Solapur district. He was a Rajyasabha MP and a Member of Maharashtra legislature. Earlier it was indicated by NCP supremo Sharad Pawar that he will be contesting from Madha constituency, but later announced that he is taking the backseat in this election.
Live Mint reports that “the Pawar family has given a ticket to former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s son Parth from the Maval constituency, while Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is seeking re-election from Baramati. This is learnt to have prompted Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil to join the BJP.” It is speculated that Vijaysinh Mohite Patil will not be given ticket from Madha constituency this time where he is currently the sitting MP.
With the induction of both young and proven leaders, BJP is likely to have an advantage on the constituencies they are fielded from.