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Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Speculation begins after senior Congress leader meets Nitin Gadkari at his Nagpur residence

However, Satav, who is also a Lok Sabha member from Hingoli, dismissed speculations of joining the BJP.

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 00:13 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
Congress leader Rajeev Satav
Congress leader Rajeev Satav(HT File)

Political circles were abuzz with rumours after the youth Congress leader and All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Rajiv Satav met the union minister of transport, shipping and water resources, Nitin Gadkari, at his Nagpur residence on Saturday evening.

The closed-door meeting between the leaders has fuelled speculation that the Congress member of parliament (MP) may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after Congress leader and former chief minister Narayan Rane’s likely induction into the saffron party.

The news of the meeting between Satav and Gadkari became the topic of discussion on social media since Saturday evening. Satav reportedly visited Gadkari around 1pm, when the union minister was home.

Satav waited for him to return, and the leaders then held a closed-door meeting for over an hour.

Satav is reportedly very close to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

However, Satav, who is also a Lok Sabha member from Hingoli, dismissed speculations of joining the BJP.

“I can’t think about of joining the BJP,” he said, adding that he met the union minister to discuss the speedy completion of the Nanded-Akola National Highway.

Besides this, he also discussed the land acquisition issue of his constituency with the minister.

Satav said that he also raised other development issues of his constituency during the meeting.

“I came here to meet Gadkari along with an all-party delegation,” he said, adding that the meeting was very fruitful.

Gadkari was not available for comments.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 00:10 IST

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