At last, Deshmukh resigns as MLA, may join Congress

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2018 10:13:37


Staff Reporter,

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Katol Dr Ashish Deshmukh resigned as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) on Tuesday. Later, he met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at public rally in Wardha in full public view and greeted him by presenting a Gandhi cap and a book.
Dr Ashish Deshmukh sent his resignation as legislator to Haribhau Bagade, Speaker of Assembly by fax on Tuesday. He will submit his resignation letter personally to Bagade on Wednesday morning.

Deshmukh while talking to mediapersons said, he has not joined Congress today as he has not submitted his resignation letter to Speaker of Assembly. He will hand over a letter to Bagade on Wednesday, later, he will join Congress. Ranjit Deshmukh, former MPCC Chief also met Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the public meeting at Wardha. Deshmukh claimed that he was born and brought up in Congress culture and would be meeting Congress leadership on Wednesday afternoon after which he would take the next logical step.

It may be mentioned that disgruntled Ashish Deshmukh was in the forefront of criticising his own government and repeatedly targeted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for last two years. He was sulking for quite some time in the BJP but despite his outburst along with Nana Patole, the party contemptuously ignored him and Fadnavis did not bother to respond to personalised attack. He sought formation of separate Vidarbha and publicly criticised the party for not honouring its commitment. He also stressed for shifting of Petroleum project from Nanar to Katol for overall development of the region. However, Chief Minister rejected his demand as it was not possible to shift the Petroleum project to landlocked Nagpur district.

BJP has refused to give any importance to resignation of Ashish Deshmukh from the membership of house. BJP spokesperson Girish Vyas stated that party was expecting resignation from Deshmukh as he was indulged in anti-party activities for quite some time. “But whether he had consulted Congress leadership over separate Vidarbha ? ” Vyas sought to know while taking pot-shots at him. BJP has already identified the candidate for Katol assembly segment and we will comfortably retain the seat during by-polls, Vyas asserted.