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Former BJP MP Nana Patole returns to Congress fold

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former MP Nana Patole, who quit the ruling party following differences with Prime Minister Modi on agrarian issues, today said he has rejoined the

Patole, who resigned from the last month over the Centre's alleged poor handling of agrarian issues, had left the to join the ahead of the 2014 elections.

He won the Bhandara-Gondiya parliamentary seat in

"Yes, I have joined the I will take whatever responsibility the party gives me, either at the national or the state level," Patole told over phone from Yavatmal.

He said he would continue to work on farmers' issues and strengthen the party.

Patole resigned from the on December 8, a day before the first phase of the elections. He attended a poll rally along with Congress Rahul Gandhi, indicating that his return to the party was only a matter of time.

According to Mohan Prakash, Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge for Maharashtra, Patole joined the Congress on January 3.

"His return will strengthen the party among farmers he has been leading," Prakash told

Patole, when still in BJP, echoed issues being raised by even when he was in the BJP, he said.

Party sources added that the former MP has joined the Congress "unconditionally".

"Patole is back home. He has returned unconditionally, without seeking any post," a party insider said.

The Congress posted a photograph of Gandhi and Patole on with a message welcoming him to the party.

"Congress warmly welcomes Mr Nana Patole, Ex-MP from BJP, to the Congress family," the caption along with the photo read.

Congress Ashok Chavan, Opposition leader in assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and the party's can also be seen in the photo, besides and Patole.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 16:55 IST