In what's being perceived as a big blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, and a new twist in the Western state's politics, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, has announced that he will contest Rajya Sabha elections as an independent.
Sambhajiraje, who happens to be the direct descendant of revered Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, made the announcement at a press conference today.
In what could be a preparation for the formation of new political party, the Maratha leader also announced that he will set up a 'Swarajya' organization to convey the views of Shivaji Maharaj and Shahu Mahajaraj.
He will be touring Maharashtra soon and will unite the people in the name of Swarajya, Sambhajiraje said.
Sambhajiraje's Rajya Sabha tenure ended recently. He has now announced that he will begin his tour this month itself.