NCP MP hits out at party leaders for minister`s poll rout
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Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009, 21:32
Mumbai: NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale today fired a salvo at some party leaders and blamed intra-party squabble for the defeat of a senior minister.

"Vijasinh Mohite-Patil lost due to internal bickering in the party," the Lok Sabha MP and 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj said.

Mohite-Patil, also a former deputy chief minister, lost from Pandharpur to an Independent.

Bhosale also blamed senior party leader and NCP President Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar for the loss of his supporters in the Assembly elections in Satara district. "Ajit Pawar has betrayed the trust."

This is not the first time Bhosale has launched an offensive against his own party. Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls this year, he had warned NCP of "dire consequences" if he was not nominated from the Satara seat.

In Satara, Balasaheb Patil, sitting MLA from Karad North who rebelled on being denied a ticket by the NCP, retained his seat by defeating the party's official nominee Atul Bhosale, a close aide of Bhosale.

Another NCP rebel Makrand Laxamnrao Jadhav-Patil defeated Congress' sitting MLA Madan Bhosale in the Wai constituency. Congress rebel Jaikumar Gore defeated NCP nominee Sadashiv Pol in Man segment. NCP's tally in Satara district has dropped from six in 2004 to four now.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009, 21:32

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