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Ex-BJP MP Patole has joined Congress, says Ashok Chavan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former MP Nana has formally joined the Congress, Ashok Chavan announced here today.

in on January 4, Chavan told

However, when asked if will be the party's candidate for Bhandara-Gondia by-election, Chavan said, "We have not yet taken a call on this. It's too early to comment."

The decision on candidate will be taken after the by-election's schedule is announced, the said.

The by-became necessary after Patole, who represented the seat, resigned.

When contacted, Patole told that he joined the Congress on January 4.

"I will abide by the party's directives," he said when asked if he was going to contest the by-

Patole, a former Congressman, had joined the on the eve of the polls in 2014 and contested from Bhandara-Gondia, defeating heavyweight

Patole quit the and the membership last month citing the state and Central government's "anti-farmer policies".

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:05 IST