Mumbai: Congress Leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has resigned as Leader of Opposition(LoP) in Maharashtra Assembly, reported ANI on Thursday. (Catch Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Action Here)
Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan was quoted as saying that party President Rahul Gandhi had accepted Vikhe Patil’s resignation as the LoP.
Vikhe Patil’s move comes in the wake of his son Sujay Vikhe Patil leaving the party for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in March.
The senior leader lost face when, despite his insistence that Sujay will continue in the grand old party, the latter quit to join arch rival BJP.
The rift between Vikhe Patil and Sujay became evident last year when the latter declared he would fight Lok Sabha election from Ahmednagar even if the party denied him a ticket.
“He is a young man. He hasn’t discussed his future plans with me. I am confident that he will remain in the Congress and contest the Lok Sabha election on Congress ticket,” Vikhe Patil had told reporters then.
Sujay had said, “My parents are in Congress, which does not mean I should remain in the party.”
Ahmednagar in central Maharashtra was a bone of contention between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress who formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. NCP has contested from this seat since 1999 and chances of it leaving the same for the grand old party were bleak. This time, it has fielded Sangram Jagtap.
True to his word, Sujay is contesting from Ahmednagar, albeit on a BJP ticket.