In a meeting held earlier this week, Gadkari insisted on an extension to the incumbent state chief. Munde has strongly opposed this and believes that younger leaders such as Devendra Fadanvis should be appointed in the light of the forthcoming assembly election.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Eknath Khadse said the decision would be taken before the meeting of the national council of the party to be held on March 1. “We have no differences among us and the decision will be taken unanimously with consent from the high command,” he said.
The core committee is now expected to finalise two names for the final decision by the Delhi leaders. Munde had said last week that the final decision would be taken with the consensus in the state core committee meeting and in deliberation with the high command.
Two other names under consideration are Khadse and Vinod Tawde. However, both the leaders have refused to take the responsibility. Tawde, who took over as the leader of Opposition in the state council a year ago, said he wanted to concentrate on that role, while Khadse has cited ill health as the reason for his dissent.