Senior Congress leader Nana Patole is all set to contest Lok Sabha elections against Union Minister Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur in the upcoming 2019 polls . However the Congress so far hasn’t made any official announcement.
As Congress debacle in Nagpur in both Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in 2014 was being attributed to massive in fights between two factions of the city party unit, senior Congress leadership was looking for such a candidate in Nagpur who would be acceptable to both the factions in the party. In Patole, party has apparently found the right choice.
Patole has replaced former Union Minister and seven-term MP (six terms from Nagpur) Vilas Muttemwar as the Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Nagpur. Also, Gadkari contested his first Lok Sabha elections in 2014 when he defeated senior Congress leader and Muttemwar in Nagpur by a margin of 2.85 lakh votes.
Former BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency (Maharashtra) Nana Patole joined Congress in 2018. Patole quit the BJP in December 2017 after accusing PM Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye towards farmers’ apathy in Vidarbha.
Subsequently Patole resigned as Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha in 2017. After he joined the BJP in 2014, he defeated NCP heavyweight Praful Patel by a margin of 1,50,000 votes.
Patole had previously quit the Congress party citing to negligence of Vidarbha farmers and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate.