Maha polls: Kavhekar set to quit BJP to join Cong
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Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009, 19:37
Mumbai: Union Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has succeeded in winning over former rival Shivajirao Patil Kavhekar and the latter is likely to quit BJP and join Congress soon.

"Deshmukh visited my residence at Latur two days ago and offered me to join Congress. My supporters have given a nod for the same," Kavhekar, who trounced Deshmukh in the 1995 Assembly polls from Latur, told an agency over phone.

Asked if the date of his joining Congress has been finalised, Kavhekar, who as a Janata Dal candidate defeated Deshmukh by over 30,000 votes in the historic 1995 poll battle, said "I will take a positive decision within a few days."

"I have filed nomination from both Latur urban and rural seats and would withdraw them tomorrow," Kavhekar said. Deshmukh's son Amit is contesting from Latur city on Congress ticket.

Kavhekar quit NCP and joined BJP six years ago. "BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde, at whose instance our leader joined BJP, has ignored him," a close aide of Kavhekar said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 28, 2009, 19:37

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