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Munde takes a swipe at ‘rivals’

While senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde's decision to stick with the party may have drawn the curtains over the battle of supremacy in the state, the problem is far from over.

mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2011 01:21 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

While senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde's decision to stick with the party may have drawn the curtains over the battle of supremacy in the state, the problem is far from over.

Upon his return to Mumbai on Thursday, Munde lost no time in taking a swipe at his ‘rivals’.

“Mala jyani badnaam kela te kuthlya laykiche ahet te lokana samajla ahe (people have understood the standing of those who have been defaming me),” he said.

After nearly two weeks of sulking, Munde finally smoked the peace pipe with the BJP leadership after a meeting with Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday.

Now, a section of the state BJP, including general secretary Vinod Tawde, seem to be in Munde’s line of fire. He blames them for him being sidelined in the decision making process of the party.

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

He also announced that he would undertake a statewide tour 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 Tawde. However, the party general secretary and Munde’s other critics chose to remain mum about Thursday’s tirade.

“We have decided not to say anything on the issue as it would show that the party is riddled with infighting. The party top brass knows how to pacify Munde and we will stick to the plan to cut him to size,” said a key leader from the Gadkari camp.

Earlier in the day, Munde had claimed that he would be happy with whatever decision the party had taken regarding his political future. “I have told [LK] Advaniji that I will readily accept the solution he gives to the issues raised by me,” he claimed.

According to party sources, Gadkari is likely to invite Munde for a ‘chat’ on Friday evening. The two leaders will have an informal talk ahead of the party's meeting on June 27 or 28 to discuss the issues.

Munde could not seal a deal with Congress: Raj

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday criticised Gopinath Munde saying he did not leave the party due to his failure to clinch a good deal with the ruling Congress party. “Munde says he will remain in the BJP and has no intention of joining the Congress party.

But the truth is he could not seal a good deal with the Congress,” Thackeray told the media in Aurangabad. He, however, predicted that Munde would not last long in his parent party.