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Pawar denies deal with Munde

india Updated: Jun 19, 2011 23:20 IST

Union agricultural minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar on Sunday said his party had not made any offer to the disgruntled BJP leader Gopinath Munde.

Asked as to what transpired between Munde and NCP leaders Madhukar Picchad and Chhagan Bhujbal during their recent meetings, Pawar said, "It was a normal meeting. The NCP has not put forward any proposal to Munde. We have nothing to offer him."

Describing Munde's current face-off with the BJP leadership as an "internal affair" of that party, Pawar said that the NCP was not concerned with it. "Such things happen in a political party. It does not call for instant speculation," he said.

Munde on June 13 met senior NCP leader and Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

Ever since Munde's supporter Yogesh Gogawale was sidelined for the post of Pune BJP president and Nitin Gadkari loyalist Vikas Mathkari was named instead, the OBC leader has been sulking, leading to speculation that he may be on the verge of leaving the party which he, with late brother-in-law Pramod Mahajan, helped grow in Maharashtra.

Pawar on Sunday launched a chair in the name of famous cartoonist R K Laxman, instituted by the Symbiosis College in Pune for its course in communication.