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BJP meet to resolve Munde, Gadkari standoff in Maharashtra ends


June 21, 2011 - Mumbai

The meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass to find a solution to the unending rift between party President Nitin Gadkari and Gopinath Munde ended here on Tuesday with the party making all attempts to pacify the sulking leader.

In the wake of speculations that Munde might quit the party if his demands were not met, Maharashtra BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar convened a meeting of all the party MLAs and MPs to discuss the issue.

Munde, however, was not present at today's crucial meeting.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse said there is no question of Munde leaving the party.

"We will continue talking to Munde till he is convinced. Munde was, is, and will always be with the BJP. All MLAs are with the party leadership," said Khadse.

No consensus was formed between Munde and the BJP top leadership in the third meeting held earlier on Sunday.

Munde, BJP National Vice President and the party's deputy leader in Lok Sabha, has been sharing cold vibes with party president 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.

Over the past few weeks, Munde, a prominent OBC leader, 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.

ANI

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