Pune: BJP leader Gopinath Munde, on Monday,
criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan`s
statement that Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray would lose his
clout after the February 16 civic polls in the state saying he
was "living in fool`s paradise".
"There have been many Chief Ministers (of Congress) in
Maharashtra who could not finish Bal Thackeray. Those who
think they can, are living in fool`s paradise," he told
Munde, who was in the city to campaign for ensuing Pune
civic poll for which BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI have forged an alliance
to fight Congress and NCP, also took a pot-shot at NCP
president Sharad Pawar saying that his utterances were not
matching the strength of his "state-level" party which had its
pockets mainly in Pune-Kolhapur belt.
"Pawar too has been playing to the gallery and talking
about ending Thackeray`s influence in this election," he
The vision of the NCP president was confined only to
Lavasa and BCCI, he remarked.
Meanwhile, BJP Maharashtra president Sudhir Mungantiwar
who, on Monday, released BJP`s manifesto for the Pune Municipal
Corporation (PMC) election, said Pawar had no moral right to
attack BJP for "porngate" in Karnataka assembly as NCP was
harbouring elements accused of sexual crimes.
"We have taken action against the erring ministers and
our stand is clear on the issue," he said when his attention
was drawn to Pawar`s comment that the Karnataka assembly
incident had tarnished the image of BJP.