It seems to be a dead end for Vijaysinh Mohite Patil, at least at this moment. Snubbing the senior leader who had served the state government as a minister for more than two decades, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar said that it is for the state unit to decide about Mohite’s political future in the organisation. Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, who is waiting for the right opportunity to switch over to the Congress even if he is promised a cabinet berth in future, finds himself in a dilemma as his son, Ranjit, is a Rajya Sabha MP from the NCP. Mohite-Patil has served in the state government as a senior minister for more than two decades. This is not a one-off case. There are similar instances of senior leaders in the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, who despite their calibre and resourcefulness, have been sidelined in their organisations. In the BJP, there is simmering discontent among the followers of general secretary Gopinath Munde after Nitin Gadkari became the party president. The Shiv Sena has almost given a clear signal to Gajanan Kirtikar not to expect much at the moment, despite his criticism of the party for not considering him as an MLC member. Kirtikar is also bidding his time in the party. The list of disappointed leaders in the Congress is highest. However, minister for forest Patangrao Kadam knows that he cannot expect better prospects in the organisation. Similarly, union heavy industries minister Vilasrao Deshmukh knows he cannot bargain for a better portfolio (Centre) or return as Maharashtra chief minister despite his administrative abilities.
October 16, 2014