BJP claims Pankaja Munde not quitting party

Mumbai : The state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Monday said that the former Maharashtra minister and woman face of the party in Maharashtra, Pankaja Munde was not leaving the party. Patil dismissed reports in a section of media which claimed that she may quit the BJP amid the flutter caused by her after she removed her party’s name from her Twitter bio.

Pankaja Munde, who is the daughter of late party veteran Gopinath Munde, lost to her cousin and NCP rival Dhananjay Munde in a bitter contest from Parli seat in Beed district in October elections. “The BJP leaders are in touch with Pankaja Munde. She is introspecting after her defeat but it does not mean she is leaving the BJP,” Patil claimed.

He also dismissed the media speculation that many leaders were keen on joining the Uddhav Thackeray-led party and they are in touch with the Shiv Sena leadership. “The accidental government that has come up in Maharashtra is spreading such baseless news. She may be having good family relations with Thackerays but it does not mean she is joining the Sena,” Patil said. Pankaja removed all details from her Twitter bio, including the word ‘BJP’ and description of her political journey, on Monday, a day after creating a flutter with her social media post on her “future journey” in view of changed political scenario in Maharashtra.