New Delhi: Veteran Maharashtra leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, quit the Congress today. The buzz is that there are 10 lawmakers likely to follow him, in view of the party’s abysmal performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Patil’s son, Sujay Vikhe Patil has already crossed over to the BJP and won the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded elections. It was the issue of his Lok Sabha ticket that caused Mr Patil’s rift with the Congress and led to his quitting the position of leader of the Opposition in the Assembly in April, in the middle of the elections.
Though Mr Patil wanted the Ahmednagar seat for his son, it turned to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party under the alliance agreement, that will continue for the forthcoming elections. Mr Pawar and Mr Vikhe Patil shared an experience of animosity. When his son was given a BJP ticket from Ahmednagar, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil had seen campaigning against the NCP candidate, making it clear that he was on his way out of the Congress.