Disgruntled BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Friday came out in the open about his grievances against the party leadership but said that he would decide his future course of action only after his meeting with the BJP top brass in New Delhi on Saturday.
“I am hurt,” Munde told reporters at his Worli office. “If I was deemed as a leader by the party I wouldn’t have faced this situation.”
Munde said though he had been associated with the party for more than 35 years, till Thursday, none of the leaders from the BJP had called him to understand his point of view.
Over the past few days, Munde stayed away from BJP functions and met leaders from Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP, sparking speculation that he was planning to quit the BJP.
The party top brass has called him for a meeting on June 18 where his grievances would be discussed. Sources said the party hierarchy has decided not to strike any rapprochement with Munde.
Munde also denied reports of the Shiv Sena asking him to join the party.
“I had two meetings with Uddhav Thackeray and he told me to stay with the BJP.” Echoing Munde’s stance, Shiv Sena member of Parliament and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “When we spoke to Munde, we told him that he should stay in the BJP and be a part of our alliance.If any such decision is to be taken it will be taken by our chief Balasaheb Thackeray.”