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NCP minister dropped as daughter joins BJP

NCP on Wednesday sacked Vijaykumar Gavit, a senior minister whose daughter has joined BJP and got the Lok Sabha ticket from Nandurbar in north Maharashtra.

‘Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar conveyed it to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that Vijaykumar Gavit be dropped, and Chavan forwarded the recommendation to the Governor,’ a source told PTI this evening.

Pawar had earlier warned Gavit, the Medical Education Minister, after reports came that his daughter, Heena Gavit, was likely to join BJP.

‘If his daughter joins BJP, I, as the leader of the NCP parliamentary party, will write to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to dismiss him immediately, and remove him from the primary membership of the party,’ he had said. Gavit had helped the NCP grow in the tribal district of Nandurbar, once a Congress stronghold. His brother Sharad Gavit is an independent MLA. The parliamentary seat is currently represented by former Union minister Manikrao Gavit of Congress.
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