When Sena corporator Shivram Patil arrived at Bhavkaleshwar Temple to greet Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik on his birthday, tongues were set wagging that Shivram Patil was all set to part ways from the Shiv Sena at a crucial time ahead of elections to join NCP. While Shivram Patil said that his differences with his Navi Mumbai Chief was the reason for changing loyalties, the latter said that Shivram Patil’s defection will hardly have any impact on the Shiv Sena’s prospect in the upcoming assembly elections. Monika Bhosale reports. Sena Corporator Shivram Patil arriving at Bhavkaleshwar Temple to greet Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik on his birthday – these are the visuals that shocked many. As if this was not enough take a look at what Shivram Patil had to say about Ganesh Naik after greeting the leader. Shivram Patil dropping in at Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik led to speculations of him joining the NCP and leaving Shiv Sena that too at a crucial time of assembly elections. After all who doesn’t remember the grand entry that Shivram Patil had made into the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray. All speculations came to rest when Shivram Patil admitted later to the media that he had decided to leave the Shiv Sena and join NCP because he was unhappy with the Navi Mumbai Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule. Talks of Shivram Patil being unhappy with Sena leadership in Navi Mumbai started doing the rounds when a day after the Sena’s one hunger strike against Bhise scam of NMMC, Shivram Patil was seen embracing M K Madhvi – of the rival NCP party and accused in Bhise scam. NMTV News had captured the exclusive moment and had brought to you a report on it on 4th June 2009. According to reports the differences between Shivram Patil and Sena Navi Mumbai Chief Vijay Chougule had started back then. Shivram Patil says that he isn’t upset with the Sena but only with Vijay Chougule. On the other hand, Vijay Chougule maintained a couldn’t-care-less attitude on Shivram Patil’s defection. And while the Shiv Sena seems to be unperturbed with Shivram Patil’s exit, the NCP party is seeing defection and change of loyalties to the NCP party as a welcome sign ahead of the assembly polls. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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