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Why Munde is inching close to Congress

Last updated on: June 22, 2011 12:48 IST

Why Munde is inching close to Congress

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Sulking Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde appears moving closer to the Congress.

An indication to this effect was available as Munde has not met any BJP central leaders especially L K Advani after his arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday night from Mumbai.

"Munde appears to have made up his mind to go to Congress," conceded a senior BJP leader who declined to be named.

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Image: BJP leader Gopinath Munde
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There was speculation that Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Munde met Ahmed Patel, political secretary to the Congress president, but there was no confirmation.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister, who is in New Delhi apparently to give an assessment to the party high command on the Munde issue, met Patel late on Monday night.


Image: Senior BJP leader L K Advani

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'Munde believes Gadkari unlikely to solve grievances'

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A feeling in the BJP camp is that Munde appears to have come to the conclusion that his grievance are unlikely to be resolved by meeting Nitin Gadkari.

Gadkari was junior to Munde in state politics and after he took over as the national president, Munde's clout has gone down in the organisation.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is known to be close to Munde, has also arrived in Delhi to be at hand for possible consultations.

Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who like Munde hails from Marathwada region, met with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

Image: BJP President Nitin Gadkari

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