BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Wednesday accused the Prithviraj Chavan-led Maharashtra government of clearing 182 housing projects here during the election period to raise funds for the Congress.
The BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha alleged that the money collected thus was sent to Delhi to meet poll expenses. “The state government is also planning to de-reserve some open plots in Pune and hand over them to builders to raise more funds. It should reveal the name of builders, whose housing projects it cleared,” he said.
Munde, however, did not elaborate on how he got the information. Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant rejected the BJP leader’s allegation. “He (Munde) should reveal the names of his party’s financiers instead of questioning our resources,” he said.
Munde, who was speaking after addressing a meeting of state BJP executive here, ruled out the possibility of the NCP extending its support to the NDA. He, however, hinted that some big leaders from the NCP might join the saffron fold in the coming days. NCP leader Praful Patel had already dismissed speculation about his possible entry into the BJP.
Though Munde was at his best when he unleashed attack against the Congress, he wasn’t obviously happy with the party sidelining him.
His name was missing from the official release detailing the meeting of state BJP executive and an upset Munde had decided to skip the meet. Senior leaders Pandurang Phundkar and Girish Mahajan reached his home and convinced him to attend the meeting.