Mumbai : Sanjay Patil, Member of Legislative Council from NCP moved over to the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday. MLC Patil was staunchly opposed the home minister RR Patil and hails from the same constituency, Sangli. He was welcomed by BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who is now the manager of elections for the party at state level. Munde said that Patil’s entry to BJP is a strong message to R R Patil.
“This Sanjay Patil is an honest businessman and has participated in sugarcane workers’ andolans. He was liked by NCP president Sharad Pawar and was assured of support in his rivalry against RR Patil. But looks like Pawar has lost one Patil to another,” said Munde.
RR Patil is one relieved man, according to the NCP workers. As per the information from local level, Sanjay Patil not only worked against RR Patil in Sanghli, he also created rift within the party to ensure escalation of rebel against the party. This is an old business and political rivalry between the two Patils. To quell the animosity, RR Patil had tried to bring Sanjay Patil over to NCP and also got him a Council ticket. Despite the various methods to appease him, Sanjay Patil is said to have continued with his anti-party and leader activities. This obviously meant, Sanjay Patil wouldn’t have got a ticket from the constituency and politically too his clout is not seen as powerful in the local area. NCP on its part however, is not giving this move more importance. Patil’s council term was to end in April.
“Sanjay Patil’s MLC term was to end by April and he had been trying real hard for an extension. However, he may have got a signal that his term wasn’t likely to get extended and for his political ambitions, he quit the party,” said NCP spokesperson, Nawab Malik.
Meanwhile, Munde threatened of more exodus from NCP after the ticket distribution for Lok Sabha elections. “You will see that the NCP will be a hollow party, with more exodus over unhappiness due to ticket distribution,” said Munde.