A former Congress leader who was quoted as saying he was getting a good night’s sleep after joining the BJP because “there is no inquiry” has now claimed that his comments were misinterpreted. The remarks drew a lot of attention at a time when opponents have accused the center of using investigative agencies to target their leaders and settle political scores.
Harshvardhan Patil, a BJP leader and four-time MLA from Indapur in Maharashtra, made the remarks after he accused NCP chief Sharad Pawar of abusing central agencies like the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau to target the opposition.
He told the media yesterday, “I made a statement yesterday while visiting Maval on the opening day of a hotel. That statement is being misinterpreted, which is why I have come here to explain.”
Mr Patil added that he had not specifically mentioned anyone and that he had joined the BJP because he had been denied a ticket which he had been promised.
Mr. Patil Patil was elected three times to the State Assembly from Indapur near Pune before joining the Indian National Congress in 200 Pune, this is his fourth and last successful election. He then moved to the BJP just before the 2019 Maharashtra elections.
“We also had to go to the BJP. He (referring to someone from the opposition sitting next to him on the stage) asked why I joined the BJP. I told him why I went to the BJP to ask his leader …. Everything is simple and peaceful (in the BJP). “I am getting a good night’s sleep as there is no research,” he told PTI at a function in Maval, Pune district on Tuesday. It is said by quoting Patil.