Cong’s Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil Resigns As Maha Leader of Oppn
The move comes a month after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left the party to join the Congress on 12 March.
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Thursday, 25 April, has resigned as Maharashtra Leader of Opposition. Congress President Rahul Gandhi accepted his resignation, said veteran leader Ashok Chavan.
The move comes a month after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left the party to join BJP on 12 March. His resignation came after the Sharad Pawar-led NCP's refusal to leave aside the Ahmedanagar Lok Sabha seat for the neurosurgeon son of the leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly.
Sujay Vikhe Patil had joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state party chief Raosaheb Danve at an event held in south Mumbai.
Welcoming him into the BJP-fold, Fadnavis said his party's parliamentary committee will recommend his name for the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.
"When Sujay Vikhe Patil decided to join the BJP, he did not lay down any condition. We in the BJP believe in his capacity, and would recommend his name to BJP's central parliamentary committee," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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