In a Dialogue @ Nation Next, former BJP MP Nana Patole claims that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to “not to commit the mistake of raking up separate Vidarbha issue in the Parliament,” when Patole tried to initiate a bill pertaining to separate Vidarbha in the Parliament. He also speaks about the reasons of his fallout with the BJP leadership. Patole, who recently quit the BJP and resigned as the Lok Sabha MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency, responds to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis’ remark that ‘Patole would soon realise his ‘mistake’ of quitting the BJP.’
In this interview, Patole also spills the beans on the speculations of him joining the Congress, especially after sharing stage with Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Gandhinagar. Contrary to public perception, Patole puts Rahul Gandhi on a higher pedestal than PM Modi, when asked for striking a comparison between the two.
Patole says that as BJP rode to power in Maharashtra on the separate Vidarbha issue, backing out on the issue will cost the party dearly in the next elections. Talking about Katol MLA Ashish Deshmukh’s voice of dissent over separate Vidarbha issue, Patole says that CM Fadnavis should pay heed to Ashish Deshmukh’s concerns as the BJP leaders are accountable to Vidarbha voters.