No heartburn over denial of ticket to Poonam: Gavhane
BJP decision to give denial to give the North-East Mumbai seat to Kirit Somaiya instead of Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan, has not caused any "heartburn", according to state BJP spokesperson Vijay Gavhane.india Updated: Mar 25, 2009 14:42 IST
BJP's denial of Lok Sabha ticket to Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan, has not caused any "heartburn" and there is no question of dissension, a Maharashtra BJP functionary said in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"We are all dedicated workers of the party. There is no hurt, dissension or even disappointment. We have taken the decision in our stride," state BJP spokesperson Vijay Gavhane told PTI.
BJP has fielded Kirit Somaiya for the North-East Mumbai seat, the constituency from where Poonam had sought to contest the polls.
Denial of ticket to Poonam is seen as a setback for party general secretary Gopinath Munde, who is married to Pramod Mahajan's sister Pradnya.
Poonam is the state general secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, BJP's youth wing, and had played a key role in organising the recent public rally of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in Pune.
Munde, who is supposed to enter the Lok Sabha from Beed, was keen on Poonam getting the ticket from Mumbai, another BJP functionary said.
Munde, who is scheduled to attend an important meeting of the Sena-BJP alliance with Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, was unavailable for comment.