Day after Pankaja Munde's 'new path' statement, Shiv Sena says ready to welcome her

Shiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar on Monday said that if Pankaja Munde wants to join Shiv Sena then she will be welcomed by party chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Day after Pankaja Munde's 'new path' statement, Shiv Sena says ready to welcome her

Hours after Maharashtra BJP leader Pankaja Munde sparked a political debate by removing BJP from her microblogging site Twitter handle, Shiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar on Monday (December 2) said that if Pankaja Munde wants to join Shiv Sena then she will be welcomed by party chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sattar said that Pankaja Munde's entry in Shiv Sena will add to the strength of the party. He added that Pankaja Munde's late father Gopinath Munde used to share warm relationship with Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

BJP Maharashtra chief Chandrakant Patil, however, claimed that Pankaja Munde is not going to join Shiv Sena and there is no truth in these reports and rumours.

Pankaja Munde, who was a Cabinet minister in Devendra Fadnavis government, raised eyebrows on Sunday when she posted a message on her Facebook page to inform that she will make a big announcement on December 12 addressing a rally for her supporters across the state in Beed district.

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Pankaja Munde had said that she "will decide new path in current changed political scenario" in her show of strength in Maharashtra politics scheduled for December 12.

She also took full moral responsibility for her defeat from Parli seat in October Assembly election. It is to be noted that Pankaja Munde was defeated by his cousin and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde by over 30,000 votes.

"Looking at the changed political scenario in the state, there is a need to think and decide the way ahead. I need time for some 8-10 days to communicate with myself," Pankaja Munde wrote in her post.