Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde will make his submissions before the Mumbai Cricket Association,contesting their decision to reject his nomination for the presidential polls based on his residence issue. Munde has taken a formal decision to first plead his case before the MCA. And if he does not get justice he plans to take the matter to Bombay High Court.
A close aide of Munde on Tuesday said,MCA has given him an appointment for Wednesday afternoon to make his presentation. The deputy leader of opposition in Lok Sabha has already consulted legal experts on the matter. Munde said,I have all the valid documents to prove I am a resident of Mumbai. I have been filing my income tax returns and hold a passport with a Mumbai address.
He added,I own a house at Worli in Mumbai. To strengthen his case Munde is citing the example of former chief minister and union minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh. In the last elections for MCA presidential polls,the committee had raised objections against Deshmukh’s residential status. Deshmukh has his name enrolled in a voters’ list at his native place in Latur from where he contested the state assembly elections. But Deshmukh had a house in Mumbai. Finally,the committee accepted Deshmukh’s plea and allowed him to contest.
Another example cited by BJP is that NCP president Sharad Pawar also landed himself in similar situation in the past. Pawar also has his roots in Baramati in Pune district. At the same time he also owns a house in Mumbai. A spokesman for the Munde camp said,Pawar and Deshmukh are two examples before us. The MNC cannot make distinction between Munde,Deshmukh or Pawar.
However,BJP on Tuesday gave a political twist to the entire development. BJP chief spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said,We feel there is a design by the Pawar camp to make things difficult for Munde in MCA. The issues which are being raised makes us wonder if they are contesting on the lines of local elections in western Maharashtra.
Bhandari said,Munde filled the form hoping for a fair elections. But if his rivals are picking on petty issues it makes us wonder where all this is leading. However,NCP officials dismissed the Munde camp’s arguments as baseless. NCP spokesperson Nawab Mulik said,MCA is governed by their own guidelines. How can any individual influence the decision making?