Former Union MoS and senior BJP leader Jaisinghrao Gaikwad on Tuesday resigned from the party alleging that he had been “completely sidelined”. This comes after senior leader and former state minister Eknath Khadse quit the BJP to join the NCP last month.
In a letter to state BJP president Chandrakant Patil, Gaikwad (71) offered to resign from organisational responsibilities as well primary membership of the BJP.
“I have decided to resign as I have been completely sidelined. I wanted to work in the organisation. I was not seeking any post or position. But the top leadership of state BJP had totally ignored my request seeking responsibilities. What should I do in the party without any job?” he told mediapersons.
He added: “The BJP in Maharashtra appears to have given up on its senior leaders who had contributed in building the organisation. Therefore, if was pointless to stay in such a party.”
Recently, he had hoped that the party would consider his candidature for graduate constituency council polls but to no avail. He had even filed nomination against BJP’s official candidate Shirish Boralkar. However, he later he withdrew.
When contacted, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil refused to comment on the development. However, a party leader said, “Gaikwad had in the past left BJP to join NCP following differences with Marathwada leaders. Now, he has done this for second time. He is seeking a greater role and a seat in the Legislative Council. The party cannot fulfill every individual’s aspirations.”
Gaikwad was referred to as the party’s face of Marathwada by late BJP veterans Gopinath Munde and Pramod Mahajan. In 2004, after he was denied a ticket to contest state polls by the BJP, he had joined the NCP. But shortly before the next state polls, he had returned to the BJP.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Beed in 1998, 1999 and 1999. He had also represented the BJP twice in the state Legislative Council. He had in the past also served as Union MoS human resources development in the NDA government.
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