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Cong, BJP trade charges as truck hits Patole’s car in Maharashtra



Maharashtra Congress president

Nana Patole had a lucky escape on Tuesday night when a truck hit the SUV he was travelling in, near Bhilewada in

Bhandara district

. The incident has kicked up a

political storm

in the state, with Congress on Wednesday alleging it was an attempt on Patole’s life.
Patole was returning home in Sukli village after campaigning at Ganeshpur in Bhandara district, when the


took place around 11.30pm.

Bhandara SP Lohit Matani said it appeared to be an accident, but police are “still checking the phone records and messages of the truck driver to rule out any doubts”.
On Wednesday, Patole shared a video of the incident on his X handle and said: “Last night, a truck tried to hit our car intentionally near Bhandara. We were unhurt, but the vehicle got badly damaged. I am safe due to people’s blessings. We have filed a police complaint and the police will find out whether it is sabotage or something else.”
BJP dismissed the conspiracy angle, with its state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule saying no one hatched such mischievous plots in Maharashtra politics. “He does not understand the culture of Maharashtra. I pray to Devi Mahalaxmi that he lives a long and happy life,” Bawankule said.

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