Congress leader Amrish Patel joined the BJP in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday that opposition Congress and NCP have accepted defeat even before votes are cast in the state Assembly polls, as seen by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s absence from the campaign.
He also said the Nationalist Congress Party is “half- empty”, and will be emptied fully after the poll results are out on October 24.
“They are already in a defeatist frame of mind. I read in newspapers that Rahul Gandhi is in Bangkok,” Devendra Fadnavis said at a rally at Ner in Dhule district of north Maharashtra.
“He knows they are going to lose anyway, so why take the blame for defeat? He is not ready to come,” Devendra Fadnavis said.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar was campaigning, but he too was aware that his party was “half-empty”, Devendra Fadnavis said, referring to the exit of several leaders from the NCP in the run-up to the polls.
“The remaining half would be empty after the election. Y