Mumbai: Former NCP leader Ratnakar
Mahajan, who had demanded that Sharad Pawar-led party merge
with Congress, today entered Congress.
"I had proposed NCP chief over merging NCP with
Congress but it was rejected. However, I am firm on my
decision and therefore joining the party," Mahajan said here
today while joining Congress.
He also praised Congress for being a secular party
and expressed need for such parties to strengthen the
democracy in the country.
Mahajan joined Congress in presence of the state party
president Manikrao Thakre, Cooperative Minister Harshawardhan
Patil and Transport Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
Thakre welcomed him and said it was his decision to
join Congress and he would be soon given some responsibility
in the party considering his huge experience in political and
Mahajan had said in the letter, "Whether it is
ideology or programmes, the NCP is similar to Congress. What
purpose is the party serving by retaining its independent
status." Later he resigned from the party.