Osmanabad: NCP leader Ranajagjitsinha Patil, who is related to party president Sharad Pawar, on Saturday confirmed that he was joining the ruling BJP.
Ranajagjitsinha Patil, a former Maharashtra minister, is the son of Padamsinh Patil, a close aide of Pawar. Padamsinh Patil’s sister is married to Pawar’s nephew and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
Ranajagjitsinha Patil, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Osmanabad Lok Sabha seat on the NCP’s ticket, said he was joining the BJP to solve the problems of the people from the district.
Ranajagjitsinha Patil is likely to join the BJP in the presence of party chief Amit Shah on Sunday in Solapur. Speculation is rife that his father, also a former state minister, too will join the saffron party.
Speaking at a meeting of his supporters here, Ranajagjitsinha said, “We have to take everyone along, need to solve their problems, need to increase our strength and to do this, we all will join the BJP.” Sharad Pawar was like “God” for him, he added.
Ranajagjitsinha Patil is a member of 13th Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha from Osmanabad. He was elected to the Vidhan Sabha on an NCP ticket in the October 2014 state election. He is a former member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council for two terms. He was the first and youngest-ever minister to be inducted into the Cabinet and subsequently made an MLC.
Sharad Pawar had handpicked Ranajagjitsinha Patil in the Maharashtra Cabinet at a young age of 32 years and replaced his father Padamsinh Bajirao Patil in the district and state politics. He is the nephew of former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. He won the 2014 Vidhan Sabha election with the highest number of votes in the district. His father and he have been representing Osmanabad for the past 40 years.
Ranajagjitsinha’s wife is the vice president of the Zila Parishad of Osmanabad. He has maintained control of municipal councils, market committees and societies in Osmanabad. He controls the Zila Parishad of Osmanabad and also the Osmanabad District Central Cooperative Bank, where the NCP has a full majority.
Ranajagjitsinha Patil is considered Sharad Pawar’s closest confidante. His father Padamsinh Bajirao Patil was a minister in the Maharashtra government for more than 20 years. He is former deputy speaker of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, deputy opposition leader and also the state president of Sharad Pawar’s Congress(S). He was responsible for constructing the largest number of Kolhapur Type (aka KT) Dams in his home turf. He was responsible also for turning Osmanabad the most irrigated district in the otherwise backward and largely arid Marathwada region. He is considered Sharad Pawar’s muscle man.
Ranajagjitsinhaa Patil was a Minister of State for Industries, Revenue, Agriculture, Cultural Affairs, Protocol, Employment and Employment with guarantee scheme, Parliamentary Affairs, GAD. He held the responsibility of six portfolios in his first induction as Minister.
Pawar loses his cool on losing Padamsinh, Ranajagjitsinha Patil
Incidentally, on Friday, Pawar lost his cool when a journalist asked him about rumours that Padamsinh Patil, his “relative”, was on the way to the BJP. “Where is the question of a relative here? What you are saying is wrong. Where is the question of relatives in politics?” Pawar said to the reporter, asking him to apologise.
NCP MLAs Shivendrasinh Bhosale, Sandip Naik and Vaibhav Pichad quit the party and joined the BJP last month. Before that NCP’s Shahapur MLA Pandurang Barora and its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir switched allegiance to the Shiv Sena.
Former NCP minister Jaydutt Kshirsagar also joined the Sena recently. Speculation is rife that NCP’s Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosale may join the BJP.
Maharashtra Assembly polls are due in October.