Udayanaraje Bhonsle, a member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP,) on the 14th of September, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
Mr. Bhonsle submitted his resignation letter to Om Birla, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, on the 13th of September. Bhonsle joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India and Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, during an event in Delhi.
Bhonsle was serving as a Member of Parliament from Maharashtra. The reason behind his resignation was not revealed yet.
Mr. Bhosale, on the 13th of September, took to his Twitter handle and said “I received inspiration to carry out social work based on the love and blessings of you all. Hoping the same love and blessings will be there forever with me.”
Responding to Bhonsle’s resignation, the NCP said, “It’s good riddance for us. Henceforth, there will be no trouble in our Satara unit… he was at the centre of all troubles afflicting the party in Satara district (sic.)”
According to sources, the resignation of Mr. Bhonsle could be a major drawback for the NCP ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections.
The Maharashtra Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2019.
The Election Commission (EC) is expected to announce the official dates of the Maharashtra Assembly elections soon.
Stay tuned for further updates.