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Maharashtra: Munde likely to quit as MLA this week

April 21, 2008 20:46 IST

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde, who has quit all party posts, has made up his mind to resign as a member of the Maharashtra Assembly if the problem relating to the appointment of state party functionaries was not resolved, sources close to him said on Monday.

Munde is waiting for the outcome of tonight's meeting in Delhi between top BJP leaders and state BJP leaders Pandurang Phundkar and Eknath Khadse, sources told PTI.

Munde was all set to quit as an MLA on Sunday itself but was persuaded by several party colleagues against taking the step, they added. Munde quit as BJP General Secretary and from all other posts on Sunday after being sidelined over the appointment of new Mumbai BJP president Madhu Chavan.

Munde will resign from the House this week itself if his grievances, over the lack of democracy in the party leadership's decision-making process at state and central levels, were not resolved, the sources said.

Munde is all set to begin a statewide tour after April 25, when the budget session of the Maharashtra legislature concludes. Meanwhile, at a meeting of BJP legislators held in Mumbai, an overwhelming number of MLAs came out in support of Munde, the sources said, claiming as many as 50 of the 54 legislators were supporting Munde in the present crisis.

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