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One more blow to BJP in Maharashtra, former Union Minister leaves party

Maharashtra: Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Jaysingrao Gaikwad Patil has resigned from the primary membership of the party.

Maharashtra: Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Jaysingrao Gaikwad Patil has resigned from the primary membership of the party.

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Patil sent his resignation to Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday morning.

On leaving the party, Patil said, “I was interested in working for the party, but the party is not giving me any chance.” That’s why I took this step.

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In a letter to Chandrakant Patil, he said that he is resigning from the state unit of the BJP as well as the primary membership of the party. The senior leader said that earlier he had served as a Minister in the Central and Maharashtra Governments.

He claimed, ‘I do not want to become an MP or MLA. I want to work to strengthen the party and I have been demanding responsibility for a decade. But, till now the party has not given me any chance. Gaikwad has also shared his resignation on his Facebook account.

Gaikwad has been a BJP MP from Beed Lok Sabha seat of Maharashtra twice, while he has also reached Parliament as a member of NCP.

Gaikwad did not contest the 15th Lok Sabha elections in 2009.

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Not only this, Gaikwad remained associated with Jana Sangh from 1973 to 78, after which he was made General Secretary of Beed district of BJP Yuva Morcha.

Gaikwad has served in the Union Cabinet as Minister of State for Human Resource Development in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government from 13th October 1999 to 27th May 2000. After this, from 27th May 2000 to 1st September 2001, he was given the post of Minister of State for Mining.