New Delhi | Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Saturday joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP President JP Nadda.
Udayanraje Bhosale, who is a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, said that he was inspired by the policies pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I am inspired by the works and leadership of PM Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP. I am happy to see that the BJP was following the paths of Shivaji Maharaj to strengthen the country,” said Bhosale, who represented Satara in the Lok Sabha.
He also resigned from the Lok Sabha today earlier this morning, after meeting Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
He then arrived at the residence of Amit Shah, where he formally joined the BJP in the presence of Working President J.P. Nadda, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and several other senior leaders.
Amit Shah, while welcoming Udayanraje Bhosale, said: “The BJP and the Jana Sangh have always followed the ideologies of Shivaji Maharaj. And it was great that one of his family members has joined the party.”
“He resigned as an MP within four months on moral grounds to join the BJP, which is a matter of pride,” he said.
Mr Bhosale’s decision is a jolt to the 20-year-old NCP whose many prominent leaders, including some former ministers, have quit the party to join the BJP and Shiv Sena ahead of next month’s state Assembly elections.
Recently, three NCP legislators- Shivendrasinh Bhosale, Sandeep Naik and Vaibhav Pichad- joined the BJP along with the party’s state women wing president Chitra Wagh.