“I am hurt,” BJP stalwart Gopinath Munde told reporters at his office in Mumbai on Friday.
Munde, who is also former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, did not hide his unhappiness with the BJP leadership but said he would take a decision on his course of action after meeting the saffron outfit’s brass in New Delhi on Saturday.
Flanked by supporters Pandurang Phundkar and Prakash Mehta, Munde spoke about his increasing isolation within the party.
“If I was deemed leader by the party, I would not have faced this situation.”
When his brother-in-law Pramod Mahajan was alive, Munde was powerful in the organistion. Ever since his rival Nitin Gadkari became president of the BJP, Munde’s days of isolation began.
Munde said even though he had been associated with the party for more then 35 years, till Thursday no leader from the BJP had called him to understand his view. “None of the BJP leaders called me till Thursday. It was only on Thursday that Eknath Khadse met me about the Delhi meeting,” Munde said.
He later got a call from former party president Venkaiah Naidu, who is in charge of Maharashtra affairs, asking him to be present at the Delhi meeting.