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Vikhe Patil hits out at Pawar over remark on late father

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Senior Thursday said Sharad Pawar's comments on his late father were "unwarranted".

Addressing a press conference here, Vikhe-also described as personal the decision of his son Sujay to join the BJP.

The of Opposition in the Assembly said that since Pawar despised his family so much, he would not campaign for the NCP candidate from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.

The and NCP have reached a pre-poll alliance for the next month's Lok Sabha polls.

Pawar recently alluded to how he ensured the defeat of Balasaheb Vikhe (in an election in early 1990s) and that he also remembered the lawsuit the late filed against him.

Patil is son of Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, a former Union

"Sharad Pawar's comment against my father was unwarranted and uncalled for. If Pawar despises my family so much, I would rather not campaign for the NCP candidate from Ahmednagar," he said.

He said he will campaign in other parts of Maharashtra, as decided by his party. "I will abide by the party high command's decision," he added.

His son Patil, a neurosurgeon, on Tuesday joined the BJP in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, who said he will recommend his name for the Ahmednagar LS seat to BJP leadership.

Patil said the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha constituency was not the core issue of the seat-sharing talks between his party and the NCP.

"We wanted both the parties to win more seats, hence we held talks on whether some seats can be exchanged. Sujay's candidature was not the only issue," he said.

He also dismissed the possibility of his son's candidature on BJP ticket affecting the overall performance of Congress and NCP nominees in the state.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 14:05 IST