Nana Patole appointed new Maharashtra Cong President

Mumbai, Feb 5 , (UNI) A day after his resignation from the post of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, Nana F. Patole was appointed as new Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.He replaces senior leader and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat. Besides Patole, the Congress has also named 6 Working Presidents, 10 Vice-Presidents and a jumbo 37-member Parliamentary Board. The new Working Presidents include senior leaders like Shivajirao Moghe, Basavaraj Patil, Mohd Arif Naseem Khan, Kunal Rohidas Patil, Chandrakant Handore and Pranati Sushilkumar Shinde. Against them, four of the five previous Working Presidents – Dr. Nitin Raut, Yashomati Thakur, Muzaffar Hussain and Vishwajeet Kadam – were dropped though Basavaraj Patil has been retained, but all have been accommodated in the new Parliamentary Board. The new Vice-Presidents appointed are: Shirish Madhukarrao Chaudhari, Ramesh A. Bagwe, Hussain Dalwai, Mohan Joshi, Ranjit P. Kamble, Kailash K. Gorantyal, B. I. Nagrale, Sharad Aher, M. M. Shaikh and Manik M. Jagtap. A 4-time legislator from Sakoli in Bhandara district, Patole had a chequered political career, Patole was a Congress MLA for 3 consecutive terms – from 1999-2014 – before he left the party to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket, he emerged as a ‘giant-killer’ by defeating Nationalist Congress Party senior leader Praful Patel, who is a close confidant of NCP President Sharad Pawar. Popular as ‘Nana Bhau’, in late-2017 the aggressive Patole shot into limelight when he was the first leader to come out in open revolt against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later, he resigned from his parliamentary seat Bhandara-Gondiya, quit the BJP to join his former party, Congress, again. However, in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he was trounced from the prestigious Nagpur
constituency by Vidarbha BJP stalwart and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The Chairman of All India Kisan Congress (AIKC), Patole contested and won the Sakoli seat to
enter the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in Oct. 2019