Farmer Leader And Former BJP MP Nana Patole Who Resigned Blaming Modi Joins Congress

| January 11 , 2018 , 15:49 IST

Farmer leader and former Member of Parliament from Bhandara-Gondiya constituency in Maharashtra, Nana Patole on Thursay joined the congress party. Patole who had resigned from Loksabha after severely criticizing PM Narendra Modi met the Congress President today. A picture of the two leaders was tweeted by the Congress Party.

He had shared stage with Rahul Gandhi during an election rally in Gandhinagar after resigning from the Parliament. Patole met the Congress President last week and had clear airs on his return to the Congress party.

“I met Rahul Gandhi yesterday along with Ashok Chavan, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and Sanjay Nirupam. We discussed the current tense situation in Maharashtra and how the BJP government at the Centre and in the State is trying to divide people on caste lines. The country and the State are burning since the BJP came to power,” he had said.

A first time MP, Patole had created sensation when he publicly criticized Prime Minister Modi saying the PM did not like criticisms nor did he like being questions. He added that the central ministers were always in a state of fear.

Speaking at a program on farmer distress in Nagpur Patole had reportedly said “Modi doesn't like to take any questions and had got very angry when I raised some issues about the OBC Ministry and farmer suicides at a meeting of BJP MPs. When Modi is asked questions, he asks you if you have read the party manifesto and are aware of various government schemes." He alleged that Modi asked him to "shut up" when he raised a couple of questions at the meeting.

After his resignation Nana Patole in a press conference accused the PM of “double standards” and alleged that PM Modi was using his OBC credentials for electoral and political gains, but had done nothing for the benefit of OBCs and farmers.

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Patole had defeated sitting Union minister and NCP stalwart, Praful Patel by a margin of almost 1.5 lakh votes in the 2014 General Elections.