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BJP chooses ‘young leader’ Vinod Tawde as Opposition leader in council

As part of its plan to promote young leadership, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has selected Vinod Tawde as the Opposition leader in the Legislative Council. Tawde replaces incumbent Pandurang Phudkar.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2011 01:58 IST
Shailesh Gaikwad

As part of its plan to promote young leadership, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has selected Vinod Tawde as the Opposition leader in the Legislative Council. Tawde replaces incumbent Pandurang Phudkar.

The party’s decision was announced by its state in-charge, Venkaiah Naidu, who presided over a meeting of the BJP legislative party here on Friday.

A formal announcement of Tawde’s appointment is likely to be made by Legislative Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh next week. The post goes to the BJP, as it is largest opposition party in the upper house of the legislature.

“We have decided to give an opportunity to young leaders. This selection is part of the same,” Naidu told the media.

Tawde, 45, is part of the new leadership that BJP national president Nitin Gadkari has been establishing in Maharashtra.

“We are looking at maintaining regional and caste balance while bringing forth new leadership. This will include [Vinod] Tawde, [Devendra] Phadanavis, a Bramhin from Vidarbha and a Nagpur legislator and [Girish] Mahajan from Jalgaon in north Maharashtra, who comes from the Other Backward Castes category,” said a senior BJP leader who did not want to be named.

Tawde is currently the general secretary of the party and hails from Konkan. A close confidante of BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, Tawde is credited with rebuilding the party organisation in the Konkan region where the party had suffered electoral defeats.

Gadkari had decided to nominate Tawde around four months ago but faced strong opposition from senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde. However, Munde has now accepted the decision, said the sources in the party.

“The party has honoured me. I will work with other party leaders and raise issues affecting the common man,” said Tawde.