Former NCP leader Ratnakar Mahajan joins Congress
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 00:34
  
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 social field.

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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 00:34


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