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Advani intervenes to resolve Munde, Gadkari standoff in Maharashtra

June 19, 2011 - New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani has intervened to resolve the crisis in the party's Maharashtra unit as Gopinath Munde has been sharing cold vibes party president Nitin Gadkari over the appointment of Vikas Mathkari as the party president of Mumbai, instead of the candidate he had proposed, former BJP (Mumbai) General Secretary Yogesh Gogawale.

Munde, a prominent OBC leader and a powerful name in Maharashtra BJP, may also meet Nitin Gadkari in this regard later in the day.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the BJP top brass to be attended by party veterans M. Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj is likely to take place this evening in this regard. Maharashtra BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar is also expected to attend today's meeting.

Munde, BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, on Saturday said he would put forward issues of the party workers of Maharashtra in front of the top leadership.

"I am going to hold talks with top leaders of the BJP. The feelings, pains and problems of common workers in Maharashtra that I will present in front of top leaders. I am hopeful that they will do justice with me," he said.

Over the past few weeks, Munde had not been attending party events in Maharashtra and also made frequent visits to the Shiv Sena's top leadership, sparking off rumours that he is unhappy with the outfit and might break away soon.

Responding to speculations, Munde, however, said there were attempts to fracture the relationship of his party and the Shiv Sena.


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