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Sena loses voice to NCP

Mumbai, March 17: Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar joined the NCP today and will contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Maval constituency.

Narvekar joined the NCP in the presence of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, sparking protests outside the party headquarters by Sena activists.

Narvekar, son-in-law of NCP leader Ramraje Nimbalkar, was sulking after he was forced by Sena leadership to withdraw his candidature for the legislative council elections last week.

He said: “I had done my preparations of contacting party MLAs after the party gave me candidature. But I realised that some people within the Shiv Sena were conspiring to defeat me. I met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and informed him. But the party asked me to withdraw my candidature.”

Narvekar, who was the Sena’s face in news channel debates, is the fifth prominent Sena leader to switch to rival parties. Last week, Abhijit Panse, a close confidant of Aaditya Thackeray and former chief of the Sena’s student wing, had joined the Raj Thackeray-led MNS. Panse has been fielded from Thane.