BJP MP in Lok Sabh and senior party functionary in Maharashtra, Nana Patole, on Friday announced that he had resigned from the lower house of the parliament and quit the party too.
Patole, elected from Bhandara-Gondiya, said that he had submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and also the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership, reported IANS.
This comes a day of ahead of the first round of the Gujarat Assembly polls.
Patole has been a member of other parties, including the Congress, in the past. He had joined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which he defeated NCP heavyweight Praful Patel from Bhandara-Gondiya constituency.
He had denounced the BJP over a host of issues, including farmers’ distress.
In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, he cited 14 issues related to agriculture, economy and unemployment as reasons for his resignation, reported PTI.
He alleged that he had time and again raised the issues with the prime minister but they were ignored.
According to a report by India Today, he first made his displeasure known on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning in September this year, when he claimed that he was not allowed to pose questions to him during a meet. He referred to a meeting between the BJP MPs from Maharashtra and Narendra Modi.
Nana Patole claimed that the prime minister got angry when he raised the issues of OBCs in Maharashtra and farmers suicide during the meeting. Patole said that PM Modi did not like being questioned by anybody including a Member of Parliament.