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Furore forces ‘gangster’ to quit NCP

india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 00:57 IST
Yogesh Joshi

Three days after he was ceremoniously inducted into the Nationalist Congress Party, history-sheeter Baba Bodke on Tuesday resigned from the party.

Bodke was tried under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and was found guilty.

After NCP leader and Pune Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar inducted Bodke on Saturday, it invited a flood of criticism.
The NCP immediately accepted Bodke’s resignation.

“Bodke was given party membership on January 10. Bodke has today resigned from the party, which has accepted the resignation,” said party spokesperson Ankush Kakade.

The NCP is desperately trying to widen its base ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“There was a hue and cry over my joining the party. To avoid any controversy, I have resigned from the NCP membership,” said Bodke.

Police records show that Bodke was charged under MCOCA in two murder cases. Besides, Bodke was also charged with threats and extortion and kidnapping — a total of 11 cases. Despite being convicted, he had succeeded in getting bail in 2003.