I can replace Deshmukh, but as BJP leader: Munde

PTI, PANAJI | 02 September 2012 21:54 IST

Senior BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde has ruled out joining Congress but hinted at his eagerness to fill the political space created by the demise of Congress heavyweight Vilasrao Deshmukh.

"The discussion about me joining Congress is an off-shoot of a debate on the need to have a leader like Vilasrao Deshmukh for Maharashtra. A lot has gone into writing about it. Basically, in the writings they have said that I am the one who is of the stature of Deshmukh," he said.

"Maharashtra does need a leader like me. But it is not for Congress but for my party to decide about it," the deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha said.

On speculations over switching loyalties to Congress, Munde said, "a lot has been written about I am joining Congress or that party's offer to me as being a one sided love. It is indeed a one sided love though Congress has officially not given me any offer". 

He also made clear that the BJP had not yet given a thought to who would be its Prime Ministerial candidate for the next general elections.

Munde told PTI here that there had been no discussion on the issue within the party.

He also ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls.

"BJP will decide collectively who would be its (Prime Ministerial) face," he said, adding that the party had not even decided whether it wanted to project a candidate before the polls.

"It is too early to talk about these things," he said. "UPA government has not lost its majority. Even if the Prime Minister has to resign (on coal allocation issue), their majority on the floor of the House will remain intact," he said.

He also added that BJP was not targeting the Prime Minister to force early elections.

Talking about the verdict of Naroda-Patiya case, in which a former Minister in Narendra Modi government has been convicted, Munde said it was not a setback for Modi.

"Modi Government had filed the case in the court. The court has convicted them. Where is the question of Modi being belittled after the judgement," he said.

The BJP leader said the party's agitation on coal allocation issue would not stop until Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns.

"All the three demands should be fulfilled. Mining licences should be cancelled, there should be a judicial inquiry and the Prime Minister should resign."  

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