Jolt to Sena after senior functionary joins BJP ahead of Bhandara-Gondia LS bypoll
Sena’s Bhandara district chief Rajendra Patle on Thursday joined the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha by-election for Bhandara-Gondia seat. He joined the BJP in Nagpur in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. A former BJP leader, Patle had quit the saffron party when he was denied an assembly ticket in 2014. He contested the Tumsar assembly seat on a Sena ticket, but lost. “I worked very hard for the Shiv Sena and formed a base for the party in Bhandara. But despite an assurance, the Sena did not give me the ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha by-election,” Patle said.
The Sena is neglecting the Vidarbha region and Bhandara district, he alleged. Rajendra Patle’s defection into the BJP comes days after the Sena inducted Shrinivas Wanga, son of late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga and fielded him for the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll.