Denying reports of his quitting the party and joining Congress, sulking BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Wednesday said, his putting across his grievances to the top leadership does not mean parting ways.
Talking to reporters after his meeting with Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Mr Munde said, “I am in BJP. I will remain in BJP. News that I am quitting is wrong.”
In reply to a question, he said that he has put across his pain as well as the “grievances” of his supporters across to the party top brass.
On his meeting with Ms Swaraj, the sulking leader said two days back when he had met the BJP leadership to express his sentiments, the Leader of the Opposition was not present.
“I told her what I had said then,” he informed, adding that he may meet other BJP leaders on the issue.
When asked about the solution to the issues raised by him, he said it was up to the leadership to find one. “He has put his grievances at an appropriate place,” Ms Swaraj said.
Asked about his reported meetings with Congress leaders amid speculation that he may join that party, Mr Munde said he has never met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
He also scoffed at suggestions that he was in touch with Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan amid his talks with BJP leaders.
Sources said while party chief Nitin Gadkari wants to remove Mr Munde’s man Pandurang Phundkar and appoint Vinod Thawade in his place as the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad, Mr Munde is not ready to concede this. Asian Age