Gangster quits NCP

January 13th, 2009 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Pune, Jan 13 (IANS) A man convicted in a murder case resigned from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) here — within 48 hours after joining it with fanfare.Baba Bodke, 35, sentenced to life imprisonment but out on bail, was given the membership of NCP Sunday in the presence of Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar.

Ajit Pawar, nephew of NCP president Sharad Pawar, justified Bodke’s induction saying that a person with a criminal record should be given an opportunity to reform himself.

However, Bodke resigned Tuesday morning in the wake of adverse media reports and public outcry.

In a statement circulated to the media along with copies of his resignation, Bodke said he did not want to cause any embarrassment to the NCP.

Bodke was arrested in 2003 under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act. He has been accused of kidnapping, extortion and murder.

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