Apoorva, Prashant Hi­ray move out of BJP, re­join NCP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUMBAI: In a set­back to the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its leader and for­mer leg­is­la­tor Apoorva Hi­ray and for­mer minister Prashant Hi­ray re­joined the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) on Fri­day. They were wel­comed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who also said their in­duc­tion will strengthen the party in Nashik. Hi­ray said they had taken this step be­cause BJP’S pol­icy is only to “sell dreams and do noth­ing for the peo­ple.”

Apoorva lost the re­cently held leg­isla­tive coun­cil elec­tions as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date. The BJP had pit­ted Aniket Patil against Apoorva in the polls. Kishore Da­rade, an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date backed by Shiv Sena, won the elec­tion by de­feat­ing both of them. In 2012, Apoorva had won the leg­isla­tive coun­cil elec­tion from Nashik teach­ers’ con­stituency as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date. His fa­ther, Prashant Hi­ray, was a minister from NCP dur­ing the Congress-ncp regime and both had joined the BJP in 2014.

Apoorva said they had joined BJP as the party had promised de­vel­op­ment be­fore elec­tions. “Chief minister Deven­dra Fad­navis had once said that now he is go­ing to adopt Nashik dis­trict but later we found out they (BJP) only sell dreams and do noth­ing,” Apoorva said. Ac­cus­ing BJP of us­ing him and his fa­ther for lo­cal body elec­tions, Apoorva said they had been side­lined in the party.

Prashant Hi­ray al­leged the BJP gov­ern­ment has not ful­filled any of its prom­ises in the past

four years. “The coun­try is right now fac­ing a very un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion on all fronts. This needs to be changed by chang­ing the regime,” Prashant said.

BJP re­futed all the charges lev­elled by the Hi­ray fam­ily. State BJP spokesper­son Mad­hav Bhan­dari said the duo had not been ac­tive in the party for many years. “It is com­pletely base­less that they were side­lined in the party. In fact, they were not ac­tive in the party in the last few years,” Bhan­dari said.

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