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Ex-Sena MP to join Congress on Sunday

Former Shiv Sena Member of Parliament from Ramtek, Subodh Mohite, will join the Congress on Sunday, reports Dharmendra Jore.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 18:08 IST

Former Shiv Sena Member of Parliament from Ramtek, Subodh Mohite, will join the Congress on Sunday.

Mohite quit the party and the Lok Sabha seat early this week.

“I have conveyed my willingness to join the Congress to Maharashtra Congress chief Prabha Rau,” said Mohite.

He met Rau on Friday accompanied by the Revenue Minister Narayan Rane and senior leader Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, both former Sainiks.

“I will join the Congress on Sunday. The function is scheduled at 11 am,” he added.

Rau said she had formally invited Mohite to the Congress fold. “He will definitely add to our strength in Vidarbha,” she said.

Congress sources said Mohite, who’s close to Rane, will be the party’s Lok Sabha bypoll candidate from Ramtek, 45 km north of Nagpur.

Mohite’s re-election will help Rau and Rane salvage some pride after the party failed in staging expected show in the recent civic polls in the state. In fact, Rane is trying to get four more Sena MPs in the Congress – two of them are from Vidarbha and rest from Konkan-Thane.

Former Union Heavy Industries Minister, Mohite quit the Sena accusing the party executive president Uddhav Thackeray and Opposition leader in State Assembly Ramdas Kadam of meting out bad treatment to him.

He said he was contemplating quitting the Sena after Thackeray Jr strated him sidelining in party affairs. He was not allowed free hand as Sena’s eastern Vidarbha chief. He recently tried unsuccessfully to form a breakaway group of corporators in the newly-elected Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

The two-time MP from Ramtek, is an engineer by profession and has served the State Government before joining active politics.

First Published: Feb 16, 2007 18:08 IST