Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Vikhe Patil quits as MLA, may switch over to BJP

Vikhe Patil may join the Maharashtra Cabinet in the upcoming expansion of the Fadnavis led government. Congress leader Abdul Sattar may join BJP as well.

Published: 04th June 2019 03:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2019 02:16 PM   |  A+A-

Congress MLA Vikhe Patil may join BJP.

Congress MLA Vikhe Patil may join BJP. (File Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

Senior Maharashtra Congress leader and former leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil Tuesday submitted his resignation as a member of the Lower House.

The development comes amid reports that he will be joining the BJP along with some Congress MLAs and may be inducted in the Devendra Fadnavis-led state ministry. 

Vikhe Patil's son Sujay Vikhe Patil had switched to BJP from Congress before Lok Sabha Polls. Vikhe had quit as Leader of Opposition in March, days after his son joined the BJP and had also received a request from Shiv Sena to join them back then. 

The Congress leader submitted his resignation as an MLA to Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade at his office here, according to an official.

"I didn't even campaign for the party during Lok Sabha elections. I don't doubt the high command; they had given me an opportunity by making me the Leader of Opposition. I tried to do good work but the situation made me resign," Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said.

Meanwhile, Senior BJP leader Girish Bapat has also handed over his resignation after being elected as an MP from Pune constituency.


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