As the campaigning came to an end in the state yesterday evening, the politics in the Congress came to fore. The Congress' general secretary in charge of Maharashtra affairs Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday alleged that former leader of the opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has gone back on on words to campaign for the Congress in the state.
Speaking to reporters, Kharge said, “After his son joined the BJP, Vikhe Patil had told the party that he would not campaign for the NCP in Ahmednagar but would canvass for Congress candidates elsewhere. But he hasn't kept the promise”.
Vikhe Patil, whose son Sujay is the BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Ahmednagar seat, had recently resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. Commenting on Vikhe Pati's stance, Kharge said, “Ahmednagar parliamentary seat was part of the NCP's quota and the Congress couldn't snap the alliance for just one seat. In larger interests, we need to sacrifice something. In my state of Karnataka, we had to forgo our sitting seat Tumkur since former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda wanted to contest from there.”
On being asked about possible action against Vikhe Patil, Kharge said, “A decision on it would be taken after the elections are over, adding that proper procedure would be followed on the issue.”
State Congress president Ashok Chavan, who was also present at the press conference said, “There were complaints against Vikhe Patil from local leaders in Ahmednagar and Shirdi and an appropriate decision would taken at an appropriate time.”
Vikhe Patil openly campaigned for his son in the Ahmednagar seat as well as for Shiv Sena's Shirdi Lok Sabha candidate Sadashiv Lokhande.