Mumbai: In a huge set back for Sharad Pawar’s the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Udayanraje Bhosale, will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, in the national capital.
Bhosale is a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The development comes amid a spate of NCP leaders who have left the party in recent times and the Election Commission (EC) is likely to be announced in the next few days, a few days before elections in the state.
Bhosale, 53, who also contested and won the 2009 and 2014 general elections, had recently praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for carrying out developmental work in Satara. A few days later, the chief minister returned the favour saying that he would be happy if Bhosle joined the BJP. In fact, the NCP MP also accused the previous Congress-NCP government of creating ‘obstacles in the progress of his constituency’.
Bhosale, one of the four NCP MPs from Maharashtra, will follow the induction of his cousin and NCP’s Satara MLA Shivendra Singh Bhosale into the saffron party. Other NCP leaders who have recently joined the BJP include former state ministers Ganesh Naik and MLAs Sandeep Naik and Vaibhav Pichad.