Maharashtra: Shocking news for BJP, Krishna Hegde joins Shiv Sena


Mumbai: In a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, the state's state vice-president and former MLA Krishna Hegde joined the ruling Shiv Sena on Friday evening.

When IANS contacted him, he confirmed the news after a meeting at the residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

He said that I have joined Shiv Sena. The Chief Minister has requested me to help in spreading the party, especially in Vile Parle area and for the progress of Mumbai.

The 54-year-old Hegde has been a Congress MLA from Vile Parle. He left the Congress in 2017 and joined the BJP, citing Arntakalah in the party. He had a four-year relationship with the BJP, but on Friday he left the BJP and joined the Shiv Sena.

He made headlines last month when he filed a complaint against a woman for trying to trap Honey for extortion.

The woman accused Maharashtra minister Dhananjay Munde of rape, although she later withdrew her complaint.

Hegde was elected to the Vile Parle assembly seat in 2009 by the Congress. But in the 2014 elections, he was defeated by BJP's Parag Alwani.

Hegde played a key role in the release of Mumbai IT engineer Bhavesh Parmar. In 2005, he went to Amritsar and took the Samjhauta Express to Pakistan. He was caught without a passport, visa or any valid documents, reaching the neighboring country. He had to spend seven years in prison there. He was then extradited back to India in 2012.


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