Maharashtra: Senior Congress leader canvasses for son who has switched over to BJP

Mumbai: In a major embarrassment to Congress in Maharashtra, its senior leader and Leader of Opposition in the assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is holding private meetings to build support for his son Sujay, who recently switched over to the BJP.

Sujaywho is the rival BJP’s candidate from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP named Sujay Vikhe Patil its candidate from the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat, a move that sent shockwaves through Maharashtra politics.

However, Vikhe Patil senior stayed back in Congress although it was speculated that he could follow suit.

He is believed to be campaigning for his son in a rural part of Ahmednagar.

Vikhe Patil addressed a gathering of over a hundred farmers in the courtyard of a private bungalow in Rahuri town, an hour outside Ahmednagar city.

Vikhe Patil, however, said that he was holding meetings in his personal capacity, and that he had informed the party high command and was very much with the Congress.

NCP demands action

The NCP has accused Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of canvassing for his son, and asked Congress to take action against him.

In a letter to Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan, NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade said it was “very serious” that the Leader of Opposition was campaigning for his son Sujay Vikhe Patil instead of the Sharad Pawar-led party’s nominee Sangram Jagtap from Ahmednagar.

The opposition Congress and NCP entered into a pre-poll seat-sharing pact to contest 25 and 19 Lok Sabha seats, respectively, out of the total 48 in the state.