`Reports of Munde joining Cong media speculation`
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 21:42
  
Hyderabad: Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Sunday dismissed as speculation reports of senior BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde planning to join Congress.

Deshmukh, a Congress leader from Maharashtra and former chief minister, however, admitted that Munde did phone him day before yesterday.

The minister, who was in Hyderabad to review the Rural Development schemes being implemented in Andhra Pradesh, blamed the media for creating "speculations" over his telephonic conversation with Munde, saying "the only problem is the way the things (political developments) are being speculated in media.

"I had a telephonic talk with him (Munde), day before yesterday. He is my neighbour... we live in the same building (in Mumbai) and we are very old friends. All these are speculations. I have nothing to say on this issue, because Munde is a senior leader in the BJP. Let him take his own time and own decision," Deshmukh replied when asked whether Munde spoke of quitting BJP and joining Congress.

A section of media had reported that Munde was unhappy with the treatment given to him by the BJP leadership and that he was reportedly looking forward to leaving the party.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 21:42


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