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Modi meets Maha BJP leaders; Gadkari absent

Modi meets Maha BJP leaders; Gadkari absent

Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi 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 appointment as 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 organisational 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 about Lok Sabha polls and formulating alliances.

"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.

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