Amid political suspense over Maharashtra Chief Minister, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, who is considered front-runner to lead the state as first chief minister of the saffron party, on Thursday met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at the latter’s residence .
Sources described the visit as a courtesy call by Fadnavis to extend Diwali greetings to the senior BJP leader at his residence in Mahal area of the city.
However, what transpired between the two leaders could not be immediately known. Notably, BJP MLAs from Vidarbha region and senior party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar have been pitching for Gadkari for state’s chief ministership.
“The legislature party will sit and decide it leader. The Central Parliamentary Board will then confirm that person as the leader who will be the Chief Minister,” Tawde had said.
Amidst calls by several BJP MLAs in Maharashtra for Union minister Nitin Gadkari to be made the state’s chief minister, the senior leader on Thursday said he was happy working at the Centre.
Gadkari’s comment came after Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, considered to be the front-runner for the post of chief minister, on Thursday visited him at his residence in the Mahal area of the city to wish him on Diwali.
The visit, described as a courtesy call by Fadnavis, lasted for about half-an-hour, according to sources.
After the meeting, the Union Transport and Shipping Minister told , “Fadnavis is my colleague and came to meet me on Diwali.”
Gadkari had earlier clarified his stand about not returning to state politics, saying it was for the the BJP’s central leadership to decide and that he would accept any responsibility given to him by the party.
A group of 39 newly-elected BJP MLAs from Vidarbha region had met Gadkari here on Tuesday and pushed for him to be made the Maharashtra chief minister.