Mumbai,Dec 11: The BJP in Maharashtra held a meeting late on Tuesday night to discuss resentment within the party in the state after the debacle and the separation from Shiv Sena but the most pronounced voices of dissent were from senior leaders Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde and it was conspicuous by their absence .
Both Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde have expressed their displeasure with the way the party leadership handled the post-electoral scenario.
Pankaja Munde will address a rally on 12 December on the 60th birth anniversary of her father — late BJP leader Gopinath Munde — on Wednesday and will announce her future course of action. She is expected to make a crucial announcement in this regard at a rally in Beed.
Khadse had warned recently that he has ;other options available’ if his “humiliation” continued.
Khadse has met NCP president Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the last two days, but maintained there were no political motives behind these meetings.
Khadse met Thackeray for nearly 40 minutes on Tuesday. Talking to reporters outside Vidhan Bhavan, the BJP leader said he had met Pawar in connection with two pending irrigation projects worth Rs 6,500 crore in his home district of Jalgaon in North Maharashtra.
“I’m a human being with emotions, not God. I’m still ready to work for the party that I have worked hard to grow for four decades, but if I continue to face the humiliation of being kept away from the decision-making process, I will have to change my thought process,” he warned.
Last week, the senior leader had indirectly blamed former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the BJP’s “less-than-satisfactory” performance in the elections and accused certain party colleagues for the defeat of his daughter, Rohini, from Muktainagar.
Khadse is a prominent leader from the Other Backward Classes community.
Pankaja Munde removed a reference to the BJP from her Twitter bio earlier this month, a day after saying that she needed to introspect in the light of a “changed political scenario” in Maharashtra, creating a flutter in party circles.
The BJP was unable to form its government in Maharashtra after a disagreement with its former ally, the Shiv Sena, over sharing the Chief Minister’s post on a rotational basis.Sena then stitched alliance with the NCP-Congress to form the government.