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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Pressure builds on Vikhe-Patil Sr to clear air after Sujay’s BJP move

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A day after his son joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress member and leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, was asked to clear his stand about the Congress.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 13:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Lok Sabha elections,Lok sabha Polls,Congress
Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil visited the Tuljabhavani temple Osmanabad. Later, he visited Kolhapur, though the purpose of the visit is not known yet.(Hindustan Times)

A day after his son joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress member and leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, began a spiritual tour on Wednesday.

The leader visited the Tuljabhavani temple Osmanabad. Later, he visited Kolhapur, though the purpose of the visit is not known yet. At Osmanabad, Vikhe-Patil said reports about his resignation are incorrect.

Meanwhile, another senior Congress leader, Balasaheb Thorat, asked Vikhe-Patil to clear his stand about the Congress party after son Sujay joined the BJP.

Thorat, a bête noire of Vikhe Patil, said that there is some issue about the “credibility about the leader of the Opposition”, after recent developments.

Thorat, speaking in Shirdi, said the Congress has given the Vikhe-Patil family the maximum opportunity to clear its stand ahead of the elections.

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Congress committee meet

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the senior leaders of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss and decide on seats for allies in the state.

The meeting is likely to be attended by Ashok Chavan, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan and Radhakrishna Vikhe -Patil, among others.

This comes a day after Radhakrishna’s son Sujay Vikhe- Patil joined the BJP in presence of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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First Published: Mar 14, 2019 13:44 IST