Sujay Vikhe Patil joins BJP on Tuesday in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He is son of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly. After joining the BJP, Sujay Vikhe Patil said, “I've taken this decision against my father’s wishes. I don’t know how much my parents will support this decision, but I'll try my best to make my family proud by working under the guidance of BJP. CM & other BJP MLAs were supportive & helped me take the decision.”
While addressing the media, CM Devendra Fadanavis said, " Sujay Vikhe Patil's name has been forwarded by state unit to Central Parliamentary board for Lok Sabha candidature and we are sure that the recommended name will be accepted by the Central Parliamentary board."
Earlier, a functionary of the Amit Shah-led party had indicated that Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil will join BJP on Tuesday. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is also the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly.
Sujay joined the BJP Tuesday in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a district BJP leader said earlier. The development follows the Sharad Pawar-led NCP spurning a request by Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil to leave aside the Ahmedanagar Lok Sabha seat for his son.
Sujay last week held meetings with BJP leader Girish Mahajan. Dilip Gandhi is BJP's sitting MP from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.