The BJP president Nitin Gadkari may have brought Uma Bharati back to the party but he may lose Gopinath Munde if the war between the two continues. This is because Ms Bharati and Mr Munde, the two OBC leaders known for their strong Hindutva commitment, have become victims of the factional fights in the saffron party.
Mr Munde cannot be comfortable so long as Mr Gadkari remains the BJP chief. Because the latter has become a “party” in encouraging factionalism in the Maharashtra unit of the BJP.
Mr Munde, the deputy leader of the BJP parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha, has realised that he has no future in the party as the RSS is backing Mr Gadkari. And that could be reason behind his reported moves to look for other options.
Mr Munde, the former deputy chef minister of Maharashtra, was an effective Opposition leader in the state Assembly whose sangharsha yatra agains the then chief minister of Maharashtra Sharad Pawar had led to the fall of the Congress in the 1995 state Assembly elections.
Though Mr Munde has many friends in the Congress than in the BJP, he is different from Mr Narayan Rane, the former chief minister of the Shiv Sena. His elective merit,support base across the state and ideological roots might have annoyed ambitious section in the BJP. Asian Age