Citing 14 Issues, Maharashtra BJP MP Nana Patole Resigns From Lok Sabha

| December 8 , 2017 , 15:33 IST

BJP MP from the Bhandara-Gondiya constituency in Maharashtra, Nana Patole resigned from the Lok Sabha on Friday, citing 14 issues related to agriculture, economy, and unemployment as the reasons for his resignation in a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Patole claimed that he had raised the issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past but they were ignored.

Previously, Patole had been with the Congress, but quit the party in 2008 to join the BJP. In the 2014 general elections, Patole defeated NCP stalwart Praful Patel to win from the Bhandara-Gondia constituency in Maharashtra.

In a recent interview, Patole had expressed his concerns about the agrarian crisis.

"The party should carefully see for itself. I am getting invited by many other parties. I am not intending to quit the party. My point is only about exhorting the party to take corrective steps on many issues, the agrarian crisis in particular about which I have long been speaking out," Patole had said.

In September, Patole created a sensation when at a public function he alleged that PM Modi did not like to be questioned or criticised.

Patole alleged that all central ministers "were always in a state of fear" and that he was "on the hit list but I am not afraid of anyone".

The resignation comes a day before the first phase assembly elections of Gujarat.