BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who is caught in an ongoing battle with state BJP president Nitin Gadkari, received a major boost on Saturday when national president of the party Rajnath Singh appointed him as the election in-charge for the assembly polls. This means that Munde will effectively be the boss of the party unit in Maharashtra.
Party sources said Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had made a dent in BJP and Shiv Sena’s vote bank queering their pitch in several Lok Sabha seats.
BJP, however, maintained that its Lok Sabha performance in the state had nothing to do with Munde’s appointment.
“Modi was appointed for the Lok Sabha polls only and was divested of the charge when all poll-related committees were dissolved after elections,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar clarified.
Munde, who won the Lok Sabha elections from Bheed, had served as deputy chief minister when Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi held the reins of the state.