Ex-NCP MLA Dilip Sopal
Ex-NCP MLA Dilip Sopal

Mumbai: A day after resigning as NCP MLA, six-time legislator Dilip Sopal formally joined the Shiv Sena here on Wednesday. Besides Sopal, former Congress MLA Dileep Mane also joined the Shiv Sena at party chief Uddhav Thackeray's residence in suburban Bandra.

Congress leader Nagnath Kshirsagar from Solapur district was also inducted into the Sena on Wednesday. Sopal, who won from Barshi Assembly seat in Solapur district in the 2014 state polls, on Monday formally announced his decision to quit the Sharad Pawar-led party.

Welcoming Sopal and others into the Sena, Thackeray said all fresh inductions were being made after consultation with local party leaders. "We have not kept anyone in the dark about such political decisions," he told reporters here.

Earlier, another NCP leader from Karmala tehsil in Solapur, Rashmi Bagal, joined the Shiv Sena last week. Mane previously represented Solapur-South Assembly seat but in 2014, he lost it to BJP leader Subhash Deshmukh, who is currently a state minister.

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