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.