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MLA Rajesh Patnekar Leaves BJP To Join Congress

In a shocking development which will indeed put a spoke in the upcoming Goa Assembly elections next year, long time BJP strongman in Bicholim constituency Rajesh Patnekar has resigned as a BJP Member of the Legislative Assembly and has confirmed to GoaChronicle.com in telephonic conversation that he will be joining the Congress party.

Speaking on the new development, Rajesh Patnekar confirmed saying, “I have formally resigned from the BJP party as an MLA and I will be joining the Congress party immediately.” However, the former BJP MLA was not willing to state whether he would contest the upcoming elections with a Congress ticket, but would keep the media informed of any new developments.

It may be recalled that in the past there have been attempts made by the Congress party to woo Patnekar to the Congress camp; however, nothing fruitful had come out of it. This time however, political circles indicate that Vishwajeet Rane in a bid to strengthen his position in the forthcoming elections played a pivotal role in Patnekar switching over.

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