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Munde fires salvo at party 'rivals'

Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's decision to stick with the party may have drawn curtains over the battle of supremacy in the state but the problem in the party seems to be far from over. Zeeshan Shaikh reports.

mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2011 00:52 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's decision to stick with the party may have drawn curtains over the battle of supremacy in the state but the problem in the party seems to be far from over. On Thursday Munde fired a salvo against his opponents in the state saying, "People have now understood the standing of those who have been defaming me."

On Wednesday, Munde had after two weeks of sulking, finally reconciled with the BJP leadership following a meeting with Sushma Swaraj. However upon his return to Mumbai, Munde took no time in taking a swipe at his opponents. A section of the state BJP including general secretary Vinod Tawde seemed to have drawn the ire as he blames them for trying to sideline him in the decision making process of the party.

"The true face of those who were trying to defame me has been exposed. However I will not ask the party to take actions against them," Munde said.

He also announced that he would undertake tour of the entire state to re-connect with his supporters. The BJP leader's aggressive stance is unlikely to go down well with his opponents within the party - especially the Gadkari camp led by party general secretary Vinod Tawde.

On Thursday, as Munde continued his tirade against his 'rivals', Tawde and others chose to maintain silence.

In a related development, Gadkari is likely to invite Munde for a 'chat' on Friday evening in Mumbai, said party sources.

Earlier in the day, Munde claimed that he would be happy with whatever decision the party takes regarding his political future.