Sangli, Maharashtra, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

Uneasiness has spread in Sangli Congress circle following various senior leaders of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) campaigning openly for the Bhartiya Janata party (BJP).

Sanjaykaka Patil had joined the BJP after resigning from the NCP, in the last stage of hectic election campaign for this lone Sangli Lok Sabha constituency in this sugar and gur belt district of Western Maharashtra.

Except two district ministers, Home Minister R R Patil and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil, no other NCP senior leaders took part in the campaign of Congress party candidate and Union Minister of State for Coal Pratik Patil.

With dominance of former State Chief Minister late Vasantdada Patil and with good influences in this district, there was a formula to oppose the Vasantdada family, so no senior NCP leader took part actively in campaign in this election. The BJP candidate had founded a 'Drought Forum', when he was in NCP, to supervise various drought works in the drought hit area including Tasgaon, Jat, Kavthe-Mahankal. Three other senior NCP leaders including Ajitrao Ghorpade, former MLA Rajendraanna Deshmukh and Vilasrao Jagtap, were campaigning openly for him.

Mr Jagtap has even challenged NCP state party leaders to take action for his open campaigning against Congress candidate Mr Patil.

State NCP had served notice to him and warned of action for his anti-party activities. Mr Jagtap had stated that he had no plans to resign from the party.

The state will go to polls for the two remaining phases on -- April 17 and April 24.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)