Fadnavis likely to become state BJP president

South-West Nagpur MLA Devendra Fadnavis is likely to become Maharashtra BJP president.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 1:22 pm

South-West Nagpur MLA Devendra Fadnavis is likely to become Maharashtra BJP president.

Fadnavis is a non-controversial leader who has performed consistently in the state Assembly.

The appointment had been put on hold for the last one-and-a-half months for lack of a consensus as camps led by former national BJP president Nitin Gadkari and deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde fought.

But now Gadkari successor Rajnath Singh has thrown his weight behind Fadnavis.

Initially,Munde wanted to take the charge himself but withdrew from the race in the face of opposition from arch rival Gadkari,who was insisting on continuation of incumbent Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Mungantiwar,who is perceived to be close to Gadkari,was,however,not acceptable to Munde.

Gadkari was opposing Fadnavis as his name had been proposed by Munde.

However,RSS and top leadership of BJP insisted Fadnavis should not be dragged into camp politics. They said Munde could not be ignored ahead of elections in the state.

Singh held a long discussion with Gadkari and convinced him to accept Fadnavis.

This,after half-a-dozen meetings at the state and central levels did not yield a consensus and leader of opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse,who was acceptable to both Gadkari and Munde,refused to accept the post.

Another Gadkari camp candidate,leader of opposition in the state Council Vinod Tawde,was unacceptable to the Munde camp.

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