Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar had dissuaded Gopinath Munde from joining the Congress when the sulking BJP leader was planning a switch as he felt neglected, according to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. “Pawar told Munde not to take such a step.
He also told him that his demands would be accepted,” Raut, party spokesman, wrote in an article in ‘Utsav' supplement of Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana'.
Raut, executive editor of Saamana, said Munde, who was not feeling comfortable in his party, had approached Pawar and sought his advice on whether he should quit the BJP and join Congress.
“Pawar told Munde: The BJP will accept all your demands. Stay in the party,” Raut said. Pawar advised BJP president Rajnath Singh, when the latter called on the Maratha strongman to discuss Munde's possible defection, to stop the revolt.