Maharashtra BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh resigns from party to expected join Congress
Updated:  Oct 03, 2018, 12:30 PM
Maharashtra BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh who has been showing rebel behaviour from last two years. Finally resigns from the party. He cited, “failure of the government in the Centre and the state to tackle the problems of people”.
Deshmukh announced his resignation on his Twitter handle and will formally submit his resignation letter to Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde.
Deshmukh is MLA from Katol Assembly constituency in the Vidarbha region. He is now decided to join Congress. And more likely to meet All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi.
Ranjit Deshmukh former Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president and former cabinet minister is the father of Ashish Deshmukh. It establishes a connection between him and Congress.
Sources from BJP said, "party top leader both in the state and centre, knew he was on his way out following public criticism of the government over the last two years." Last year in a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis he expressed his disappointment with the government for not taking measures to address farmers’ problems. He then mad the letter public which upset BJP leaders.
In 2014 he won Assembly elections on BJP ticket from Katol against his wwn uncle and sitting NCP MLA Anil Deshmukh. After that, a series of publicly expressed disappointments with the government in the Centre and the state started. Yet, he never had any consistent demand, it varied from a demand for separate Vidarbha to issues of farmers and youths.
Last year another BJP MP Nana Patole had resigned from the Party. He then joined Congress citing the same reason as Ashish. He expressed his disappointment with the government’s functioning in the Centre and the state.
A senior BJP functionary, requesting anonymity, said, “Whether it relates to Nana Patole or Ashish Deshmukh, the resignations were driven by political ambitions. Patole wanted to become a minister in the Modi government. Same was the political ambition of Ashish Deshmukh, who was hoping to get a cabinet berth in the Maharashtra government."
Deshmukh is not the only rebel in BJP many voices are raising against the party from within the party. At a time of elections when the party is facing the accusation politics from the opposition. Voices and accusation from own party members will affect party image and might have a negative impact on Lok Sabha elections.
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