On Thursday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that he ‘never keeps enmity’ with political opponents and extended his good wishes to ex-BJP MP Nana Patole, contested against him from Nagpur in Lok Sabha Elections.

Mr. Patole’s name was among the five Congress candidates from Maharashtra, decided on a day earlier.

To a query on opposition fielding Nana Patole from his hometown, Mr. Gadkari told the source that “it is good, any candidate has the right to contest the election. I would not like to comment or criticize any candidate.”

He continued that he will appeal to people for seeking votes with the works that he has done in the last five years.

When a reporter asked that at one time Mr. Patole had blessings of Mr. Gadkari, when he contested in BJP tickets, the minister claims that if one leaves the party, it doesn’t mean blessings will go away.

The senior BJP leader said, “I have never kept such ‘Dushmani’ (enmity) in politics. My best wishes to him.”

Earlier, Mr. Patole won the Bhandara-Gondiya Parliamentary seat in Maharashtra, quits ruling BJP in 2018 over differences with party leadership over agrarian issues.  

Elections for 48 Legislative seats in Maharashtra will take place in four phases on April 11, April 18, April 23, and April 29 as well. And the final results will be declared on May 23. 

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