Will the state BJP split? The question dominated the state’s political circles as senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde refused to disclose his cards on Day 2 of his rebellion.
Protesting against “lack of internal democracy in the party”, Munde on Sunday resigned from the party posts. On Monday, Munde refused to meet party chief Rajnath Singh and instead sent senior BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Pandurang Phundkar to talk with central leaders on the issues raised by him.
The Munde camp also did not rule out possibility of him resigning from the Assembly if no solution was found by Thursday.
The panic button was pressed in the BJP following a resolution passed by 64 of the party’s legislators (MLAs and MLCs) pledging their support to Munde on Monday.
The unanimous resolution stated that Munde was undisputed leader of the party in Maharashtra and the legislators had full faith in him.
Sources close to Munde said the leader
has been contacted by Mayawati-led BSP with an offer to lead its Maharashtra unit. When contacted, Munde told the Hindustan Times that he got a phone call from a senior BSP functionary who was speaking on behalf of Mayawati but refused to divulge who it was or what he had replied.
Earlier in the day, Munde told journalists his decision had come after much thought.
“I had noticed a little before Pramod
Mahajan’s death that decisions for the
party were being taken by a few people. The party needs a more democratic style of
Munde said that he would always be loyal to the BJP. He did however spell out his near future plans. A statewide tour starting from Pune, the day after legislature ends to glean the feelings of the grassroot level BJP worker in each district.
The Munde camp claimed to have support of 64 legislators, 11 MPs and 34 out of the 43 district party heads.