After Mumbai,the Pune unit of the BJP will also soon come up with its own independent booklet. State BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said the BJP is planning to release independent booklets,charting out its achievements for areas where the party is in power and pointing out shortcomings for areas where it is not in power.
The booklet will mainly highlight various works of development as it is done in Mumbai while for other cities it will look at what needs to be done and where development is lagging, said Bhandari. However,he said this is not the manifesto and the city unit will plan out these booklets ahead of manifesto. A common manifesto of the maha-alliance will be released later,he said.
However,the work has to be done carefully after it came to light that Mumbai party chief Raj Purohits name was missing from the Mumbai booklet.
This had even led to Purohit shooting off his resignation letter to the party high command. Later,state in-charge Venkaiah Naidu had to intervene to resolve the matter.
In Pune too,cracks were visible in the two factions,one headed by Gopinath Munde and the other headed by Nitin Gadkari,when Munde had opposed appointment of Vikas Mathkari as city party chief. However,it took a while before the two factions were brought together by state president Sudhir Mungantiwar when he addressed a meet in the city after inaugurating the BJP city unit office.
Now,the party says all decisions regarding seat sharing and candidates will be taken by the state president. Mungantiwar has been advocating,We want to resolve any kind of differences and go ahead with the civic polls without any infighting.
In Mumbai,the omission of Purohits photo from the booklet triggered fresh debate.
The tension between the two camps came up when a photograph of Purohit was not taken in a booklet on BJPs work in the civic body published by corporator Ashish Shelar. While Purohit is considered close to Munde,Shelar is considered close to Gadkari and sources had said the move was being perceived as an attempt to sideline Munde. In Pune,senior BJP leaders said adequate care has to be taken to keep controversies at bay. The booklet idea is good but it would depend on who would come out with it and whose photos are included, said a BJP leader.
Munde received a severe blow when his elder brother Panditanna joined the NCP and his nephew also spoke against the party. The party will have to put up a fight together and not showcase factions, said a leader.