BJP leader Gopinath Munde today criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s statement that Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray would lose his clout after the February 16 ci
vic 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 reporters here.
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 potshot 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 added.
The vision of the NCP president was confined only to Lavasa and BCCI, he remarked.
Meanwhile, BJP Maharashtra president Sudhir Mungantiwar who today 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.