With the crucial civic elections scheduled next month, defections across political parties have begun to rise.
Less than a day after senior BJP leader Pravin Chheda quit his party to join the Congress, the BJP leadership swung into action, wooing a Congress corporator to its fold.
Senior Congress corporator Suresh Golatkar on Saturday joined the party in presence of top BJP leaders like Gopinath Munde and Venkaih Naidu at the party headquarters in Dadar.
Mumbai BJP president Raj Purohit warned the Congress against wooing its partymen. “Within 24 hours, we got their man. If they try to play smart with us, we will get double the Congressmen in our fold,” said Purohit.
Golatkar, who represented ward number 125 and served in prestigious committees like the standing committee, blamed factionalism in the Congress for his decision. “It is difficult to function in this party, which is riddled with various groups,” said Golatkar. “I felt suffocated working in such an environment,” he added.
Golatkar has served as a corpoartor for three terms and had defected to the Congress from the Shiv Sena along with his mentor Narayan Rane in 2005. Currently, his ward is reserved for a woman candidate.
Congress legislator and opposition leader Rajhans Singh in the civic body called Golatkar an opportunist.
“We gave him all the lucrative posts despite him coming from the Sena, and he repays us in this way,” Singh said, adding that there are many more BJP corporators waiting in the wings to join his party, but the Congress is being selective in its approach.