The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a meeting on Saturday in the city in an attempt to appease brooding strongman Gopinath Munde whose continuing visits with non-BJP leaders has caused alarm within the BJP.
Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, who was on a two-day visit to New Delhi to apprise the party leadership over the Munde crisis, said the party will meet again to address Munde’s grievances.
Munde will also be invited for the meeting, although sources close to him claimed there was no communication from the party on the meeting.
Munde has chosen to stay away from senior BJP leaders and has been on a meeting spree with non-BJP leaders.
On Wednesday, Munde met Nationalist Congress Party state president Madhukar Picchad for 45 minutes at his house in Worli.
“I met him to ask about his well being. He is facing problems and I wanted to check on him,” Picchad said.
Munde also met Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
Sources said Munde wanted Uddhav to intervene in the matter.
Munde maintained a studied silence on his meetings. Throughout the day BJP officebearers and leaders such as Pasha Patel, Pandurang Phundkar along with party MLAs, met Munde.
The Saturday meeting is seen as a last ditch attempt to pacify and address Munde’s concerns.
Khadse has been given the ambit to pacify the senior OBC leader who is increasingly feeling stifled within the party after Nitin Gadkari was made party president.