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Munde wants to head state BJP

mumbai Updated: Jun 17, 2011 01:29 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
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As the Bharatiya Janata Party expressed willingness to talk to senior leader Gopinath Munde, he has now begun setting conditions, insisting that he wants a greater say in the party affairs in Maharashtra.

He wants to be made incharge of party’s affairs in Maharashtra.

After Munde began making his unhappiness known, senior party leader and the leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Eknath Khadse was called to New Delhi for two days where he apprised the party top brass about the situation in the state BJP and ways to pacify Munde.

Khadse met Munde and tried to pacify him on behalf of the party top brass. He also gave Munde a formal invitation to attend the June 18 meeting that has been planed in New Delhi to discuss his grievances.

“Mundeji feels that he is not being taken into confidence over decisions made in the party in the state. His grouse is understandable and we will take steps to address his issues,” said Khadse. Munde, party’s deputy leader in Lok Sabha and former deputy CM, has been unhappy and meeting leaders from Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP to convey the message to the BJP leadership that he is toying with the idea of quitting the party.

Munde on Thursday broke his sequence of meetings with non-BJP party leaders and decided to keep himself in his house. However, he met BJP leaders, including Khadse, Phundkar and party workers from across the state.
This is Munde’s second instance of threatening to quit the party. In 2008, he had resigned from all the party posts after the appointment of Madhu Chavan as Mumbai BJP president.

A prominent OBC leader, Munde is unhappy, as he has been sidelined in the party. He is also irked by the growing influence of supporters of party president Nitin Gadkari.

Besides, he is not happy with the recent appointments in key posts in the organisation, including the chief of Pune unit of the party. Munde had seen Chavan’s appointment by Nitin Gadkari as a personal affront as he was not taken into confidence over the decision.