Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan quits Congress amid speculation over joining BJP



‘Unrest within Congress’BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule claimed there has been a major “unrest” in the Congress party. “Senior Congress leaders are in contact with the BJP. They are unhappy with their party leadership. You will see more such instances,” he told reporters in Nagpur, referring to the exit of Chavan from the grand old party.Bawankule also said that as of now, he has not received any proposal regarding Chavan being inducted into the BJP and nominating him to the Rajya Sabha.”If anyone wishes to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of development and the BJP’s ideology, we welcome those people. At the moment, we have enough strength to win three Rajya Sabha seats (out of the six from Maharashtra going to polls later this month),” he said.Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe hit out at Bawankule and said, “We don’t have alliance organisations like the ED, CBI, and Income tax.” He claimed that the public will teach the BJP a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.BJP leader and state Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “It seems Congress leader Ashok Chavan was tired of the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and state party president Nana Patole. The Congress leaders are tired and hence, they are shifting to some other parties.”Asked if Chavan would join the BJP, Mungantiwar said, “I am curious to know which party he will join.” Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, in a post on X, said, “The Congress party has given a lot to many leaders. The party today is trying to save the democracy and the Constitution of the country. We all are loyal to the Congress and will defeat the dictatorial and fanatic Bharatiya Janata Party.”The leader of the opposition in the assembly, Vijay Wadettiwar, said Chavan never expressed disappointment over any development in the party. The ruling side may try to break a political party, but they will pay a heavy political price for it, he said.”People do not like leaders from the opposition being harassed like this and being forced to join your party,” he added.



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