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Senior Congress leader and former minister Harshavardhan Patil joins BJP

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Senior Congress leader and former minister Harshavardhan Patil joins BJP

Former Maharashtra minister and Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Harshavardhan Patil joined the BJP at an event in south Mumbai, in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

On joining the saffron party, Patil said, "I have joined the party without any conditions. Whatever responsibility is given to me, I will follow that."

He also said, "Chief Minister Fadnavis has ably led the state in difficult situations like drought and floods. Within 100 days, the Modi government has taken bold decisions like abrogation of Article 370."

State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, "Had Harshavardhan Patil joined the BJP before Lok Sabha elections, we would have sent Supriya Sule home. Ab ki baar 220 paar is a passé... We might touch 250."

CM Fadnavis said, "The pro-incumbency witnessed during the Lok Sabha elections is being seen again. Harshavardhan Patil has taken the right decision to join our party. The party will benefit from his vast experience. We will have a time-bound program to solve problems of his constituency."

Patil, a four-time MLA from Indapur in Pune district, lost the 2014 assembly elections by a slender margin to the NCP's Dattatrey Bharne. The Congress and NCP had contested those elections separately.

He had supported NCP MP Supriya Sule to ensure her victory from the Baramati Lok Sabha seat this year in the hope that the Sharad Pawar-led party would back his candidacy in the upcoming Assembly polls from Indapur, a segment of the Baramati Lok Sabha seat.