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NCP’ Bharati Pawar, Congress’ Pravin Chheda join BJP

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Bharati Pawar joins bjpIn another setback to the NCP ahead of next month’s polling, its state unit vice president Bharti Pawar on Friday joined the BJP, while Congress leader Pravin Chheda also returned to ruling party.

The two leaders joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior functionaries of the party.

Pawar had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Dindori constituency against BJP’s Harishchandra Chavan.

Chheda, a three-term Corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), had quit the BJP to join the Congress seven years ago reportedly due to his differences with the then local MLA Prakash Mehta, currently a minister in the Maharashtra government.

Speaking on the occasion, Fadnavis claimed that BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade will continue to be in the party. His remark comes in the wake of reports that Kakade was unhappy with the BJP and that he was likely to join the Congress.

Without naming the opposition parties, Fadnavis slammed those “who speak the language of Pakistan and questioned the surgical strike” post Pulwama terror attack.

Earlier this week, son of NCP MP Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, Ranjitsinh, had joined the BJP.

Polling will be held in Maharashtra in four phases next month.

Pawar said that she was impressed by the developmental works carried out across the country and in Maharashtra under the leaderships of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Fadnavis respectively.

“Their works over the past five years have inspired me to join the BJP. I will work for the uplift of the poor and tribal,” she added.

Expressing satisfaction on his return to the BJP fold, Chheda said that he was impressed by the development works being carried out by the BJP governments.

He claimed that the Congress had offered him candidature from the Mumbai North East seat, but he ignored the offer and came back to the BJP instead.

“I will play the role the party wants me to play now,” Chheda added.

Fadnavis said that leaders and workers doing good job in other parties were joining the BJP trusting Modi’s performance and schemes being carried out by the Centre for the poor and farmers.


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