Sagar Meghe to join Congress tomorrow

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Nagpur, Oct 5 (UNI) Sagar Meghe, son of political heavyweight Datta Meghe and a former Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), will formally join the Congress at a function to be held here tomorrow.

Mr Meghe would join the party in the presence of prominent leaders, including Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre and state election chief Gurudas Kamat, MPCC Vice President Sudhakar Gangane told reporters here last evening.

Both the son and the father would be felicitated on their entry into the Congress, while Mr Thakre would be felicitated for his appointment as MPCC chief, he said.

In reply to a question, Mr Gangane said that the Party had not made any promises to Mr Meghe for joining the Congress. ''The decision would be made by the high command at the appropriate time,'' he said, when asked if the Congress would field him for the by-election to fill up the vacancy caused by his resignation from the Upper House.

Recently, Datta Meghe ended decades of association with his mentor Sharad Pawar and quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after being denied a second term in the Rajya Sabha following the and of his tenure.

Later, he joined the Congress, and Mr Meghe resigned from BJP and from the Maharashtra Legislative Council, citing the agony caused to his father because of their presence in two difference parties.

Mr Meghe had sent ripples in political circles in Maharashtra when he joined the BJP some years ago while his father was in the NCP. Immediately after he joined the BJP, the party fielded him for an election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Nagpur district local self-government authorities constituency. He won with a thumping margin.

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