Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met the top brass of Maharashtra BJP to discuss strategy for next Lok Sabha elections but former party president Nitin Gadkari was conspicuous by his absence.
This is Modi's first visit to the state after being appointed BJP's poll campaign committee chief.
BJP general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy, party's national spokesman Prakash Javadekar, BJP deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, state unit president Devendra Phadanvis, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse and in the Council Vinod Tawde were prominent among those present during the closed door meeting.
Former party president Nitin Gadkari was, however, conspicuous by his absence.
Modi discussed the prevailing political situation in the state and the party's organizational matters and alliance with Shiv Sena.
Before the meeting, Javadekar told reporters that Modi is reviewing the party's poll preparedness in all the states. He will discuss Lok Sabha polls and formulation of alliances.
Ties with Shiv Sena intact: Modi

"The Sena-BJP alliance has always been strong in Maharashtra. Efforts will be to win the seats in Mumbai, Pune and Marathwada which the party lost in 2009," he said.

The core committee of the state BJP which met Modi comprises state president, vice presidents, general secretaries, treasurer, organization secretaries, and all the Maharashtra unit leaders, including Munde and Gadkari, as invitees.
The other invitees in the core group include national treasurer and Rajya Sabha MP Piyush Goel, former MP Kirit Somaiya and former state president Sudhir Mungantiwar.
Meanwhile, Javadekar alleged that the trucks, flagged off by the AICC from Delhi on June 24 with much fanfare for Uttarakhand relief, have been stranded at Rishikesh because the drivers have not been provided with money for purchasing petrol. "This shows the Congress' true intention," he said.
Javadekar also assured that they will not politicize the Uttarakhand tragedy since the rescue operations are on.


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