Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar seems to have called BJP Leader Gopinath Munde’s bluff.
The latter had surprised a lot of people, including Pawar supporters on Tuesday, when the former filed his nomination for the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) chief’s post. Munde’s nomination, filed well before the October 11 dead line, was meant to be a signal to the Pawar camp that he had the numbers on his side. However, if Munde wanted Pawar to stand down for the elections then he was mistaken for Pawar, who returned to Mumbai late on Tuesday, held meetings with the office bearers of the MCA in a bid to finalise his strategy.
Sources said Pawar met different factions of the MCA, on Tuesday night and on Wednesday.
Munde files nomination for MCA top post
Pawar first met with the dominant Bal Mahadalkar group, which has promised support to the NCP Chief. He also met with the Vijay Patil and the Ratnakar Shetty groups, all of whom pledged their support to Pawar.
With the three main groups supporting Pawar, the politician asked his supporters to file his nomination for the MCA chief’s post on Wednesday itself instead of waiting till October 11.
Unlike Munde, Pawar himself did not go to file his nomination for the MCA chief’s post, instead it was filed by MCA joint secretary PV Shetty on his behalf.
Shetty belongs to the Bal Mahadalkar group. Interestingly, even before filing of Pawar’s nomination, cracks seemed to have happened in Pawar’s camp.
This is because the man who proposed Munde’s name for the MCA chief’s post is none other than city BJP unit president Ashish Shelar. He belongs to the Mahadalkar group, proposed Munde’s name also. He was in fact the candidate for the MCA vice-president’s post from the Mahadalkar group. However, Shelar has now withdrawn himself from the race for vice-president and has said he will continue to support Munde during the elections.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.