Jolt to Sena after se­nior func­tionary joins BJP ahead of Bhan­dara-Gon­dia LS by­poll

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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.

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