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“Taking A 2-Month Holiday, Many BJP MLAs Dissatisfied” said Pankaja Munde

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Published on July 07, 2023 with No Comments

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said several people in his party have fought against the NCP for a long time and they won’t immediately accept the BJP’s alliance with it. He said the party’s leadership will speak to Ms Munde.
Amid a massive churn in Maharashtra politics, BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde today denied reports that she is joining another party, but said in the same breath that she has been ignored and is taking a two-month “holiday”. She also claimed that several BJP MLAs in the state are dissatisfied and are afraid to speak out.
Asked about this, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said several people in his party have fought against the NCP for a long time and they won’t immediately accept the BJP’s alliance with it. Mr Fadnavis said the BJP leadership will speak to Pankaja Munde and he believes she will continue to work for the party.

Addressing a press conference today, Ms Munde, who is the daughter of former Union minister Gopinath Munde, said that she will file a defamation case against the channel which reported that she had met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Ms Munde, who had lost the 2019 Assembly elections to her cousin Dhananjay Munde of the NCP and was appointed a BJP national secretary in 2020, said there are frequent reports of her being unhappy with the party. “Why do such discussions happen? Is it because I have not been invited to party functions several times? I have been ignored and the party should answer why,” she said.

“I have worked tirelessly for the party for 20 years and, despite that, my ethics are questioned and rumours are spread. I swear that I have never met Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. I am not joining any other party. I will do whatever I want to do openly. BJP’s ideology is in my blood and I am walking on the path shown by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Gopinath Munde,” she added.

Alluding to the recent developments in Maharashtra politics, Ms Munde said “new experiments” are taking place these days. “The BJP has 105 MLAs. Many of them are dissatisfied but can’t speak out because they are afraid. Narendra Modi had said ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’ (I won’t tolerate corruption) and people had liked that slogan.”

The BJP leader said she had congratulated Dhananjay Munde, who took oath as a minister in the Maharashtra cabinet this week after Ajit Pawar’s rebellion, when he went to meet her after the swearing-in ceremony.

Ms Munde said she had always accepted the party’s decisions and never stabbed anyone in the back. “Ever since I lost in 2019, every time there are MLC elections or Rajya Sabha elections, there are reports that I am unhappy. I was given a form for the MLC elections and told minutes before submitting my nomination that I can’t do so. I accepted the party’s decision wholeheartedly. I never made personal attacks against anyone or stabbed anyone in the back,” she said.

“I had said earlier that I will never hesitate to quit politics if I have to compromise on my ideologies. I am going on a two-month holiday,” she announced.

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When BJP leader and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was asked about Ms Munde’s comments, he said, “Pankaja tai is a national secretary and is a national-level leader of the party. She has some opinions. It is true that several people in our party have fought against the NCP for a long time and they won’t immediately accept the BJP’s alliance with the party.”

“Such things will happen, but Pankaja Munde is a senior leader of the party and she has always been with us. The party’s leadership will speak to her and understand what’s in her heart. I believe she will continue to work for the party,” he added.

 

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