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BJP finds itself caught between its two top leaders — outgoing president Nitin Gadkari and Gopinath Munde - pursuing diametrically opposite political lines.
While deputy leader in Lok Sabha Munde is preparing to launch an agitation against NCP, Gadkari invited NCP president Sharad Pawar Sunday to an agro exhibition on his home turf Nagpur.
Pawar and Gadkari were seen taking a ride in a solar autorickshaw. Their togetherness is not a case in isolation.
Political managers in BJP admitted, "Over the last one year personal equations between Gadkari and Pawar have improved. Gadkari is no longer as vitriolic in his attack against the NCP president as he was in the past."
While some dismissed the Gadkari-Pawar closeness as a political strategy to corner Congress in the cotton belt of Vidarbha, BJP appears worried as this plan may not work in rest of Maharashtra.
In Western Maharashtra, Marathwada and north Maharashtra, BJP will have to engage in a direct confrontation with NCP for electoral space. A case in point is NCP attempts to make inroads in the Munde home turf of Beed and adjoining districts.
This has created confusion among the BJP rank and file.Munde, who is a known Pawar rival, said: "It is strange that Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, who is visiting the state every weekend, never got time to visit the most backward Marathwada region which is reeling from a water crisis.
"I am going to extensively campaign across Maharashtra to expose failures of the Democratic Front government."
Munde has planned visits to all drought-hit districts where he would try to expose alleged financial irregularities in irrigation projects.
Officially, BJP explained, "The Pawar-Gadkari meeting in Nagpur has nothing to do with party politics. Gadkari invited him for the agro exhibition, Pawar obliged."