Munde kin joins NCP

Mumbai: The son-in-law of senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's brother, Dr Madhusudan Kendre, on Monday joined Nationalist Congress Party.

Dr Kendre, married to daughter of Munde's brother Panditrao, was toying with the idea of quitting BJP and joining NCP since the last few months, NCP sources said.

He joined the NCP at a function in Parbhani district today in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

He left BJP stating that he was given a raw deal and cornered by elements in the BJP opposed to Munde.

Kendre, a BAMS degree holder, was fielded by the BJP to contest from Gangakhed constituency in Parbhani district in Marathwada in the 2009 state Assembly polls but was defeated by independent Sitaram Ghandat in a contest which also had the then minister of state Suresh Varpudkar (NCP) in the ring.