Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan on Tuesday said the BJP was trying to woo Congress and NCP legislators to join the ruling party, but it won’t succeed in its efforts. Also Read - Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel Passes Away at 92, PM Modi Mourns His Death
Chavan made the comments when asked about reports related to senior party leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s impending entry into the BJP along with some Congress MLAs. Also Read - Pune Authorities Fear Second Wave of COVID-19 Infection in December, Say Prepared to Deal With it
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“Technically, he (Vikhe Patil) is still the member of the Congress. It is likely he may join the ruling party. I don’t think our MLAs will join the BJP,” Chavan told reporters here.
“The BJP is trying to poach Congress or NCP MLAs. But I don’t think it will happen, we are being alert,” he added.
The Congress leader made the remarks after a meeting of Maharashtra’s grand alliance constituents in Mumbai.