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Munde sees only BJP

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Mumbai, Oct 28 (UNI) Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde has observed that only two parties -- the BJP and the Congress -- would remain on the political horizon of Maharashtra 25 years from now.

Mr Munde, in an interview to the RSS mouthpiece Tarun Bharat's Diwali issue, saw no future for the Nationalist Congress Party which ''does not have any second line leader matching the charisma of party chief Sharad Pawar who is 66 now''.

The interview was re-published in state BJP's periodical 'Manogat'.

Rapid urbanisation would also affect the political mathemathics in the state, he said.

Mr Munde also made significant some observations about Shiv Sena -- the party with which the BJP was in alliance for 22 years.

''Trifurcation of Shiv Sena has given a big jolt to the party as its one wing has left for the Congress under Narayan Rane while another joined Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,'' he maintained.

''Due to this trifurcation Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray's heir apparent and party's executive president Uddhav Thackeray has been left in lurch'', Mr Munde observed.

Commenting on the other splinter parties in the state, the former Deputy Chief Minister and MLA for the last 26 years, said Janata Dal, PWP, Communists and Samajwadi Party are ''insignificant'' in the state even now and would be completely ineffective after the next 25 years.

The splinter groups of Republican Party has lost the trust of their voters due to their frequently changing stands and their alliances, he said.

Mr Munde said Congress, the oldest party, would survive by continuing its 'minority appeasement' policy and 'pseudo secularism'.

On the other hand the BJP, which had its roots in Jan Sangha and RSS, would be able to attract the youth, he added.

He advocated presidential form of democracy to control the malpractices and increasing expenditure in the elections and giving stable governments in the state and at the Centre.

UNI JM ADG YA ND1732

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