BJP rally high on sound low on fury

The BJP plan to gherao (lay seige to) the state legislature here on the issue of corruption turned out to be more of a soundbite than fury with leaders and rallyists, who had threatened to break police cordon to rush to Vidhan Bhavan, agreeing to get detained "peacefully".

The rally came to an end with firebrand party MLA Devendra Fadnavis claiming "frightened" police decided to release participants.

The whole battery of top BJP leaders, including national president Nitin Gadkari, addressed the gathering of a few thousand at the main junction leading to the state legislature building, throwing traffic out of gear for over five hours.

While most leaders rapped the government on the issue of corruption, Gadkari was generally critical, skirting specific issues of the irrigation scandal or Ajit Pawar.

In contrast, at an NCP rally to felicitate Pawar Monday, senior party leaders had raised the issue of "corruption" in Purti Group, clearly targeting Gadkari.

Gadkari was in news in October when his letter to Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Bansal seeking release of funds to pay Gosikhurd project contractors came to the fore. He, however, briefly touched on the issue, saying when "I raised the issue of Vidarbha development, I was accused of lobbying for contractors".

Terming the Congress-NCP dispensation a "tinpot" government, Gopinath Munde predicted elections in 2013 and victory for BJP. He said he won't celebrate birthday on December 12 to protest government failure to provide succor to the drought-affected.

Munde announced party workers would march to all dams in the state soon.

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