Two BJP leaders from Nagpur got into troubled waters for reportedly ‘abusing’ Union Minister Nitin Gadkari during a conversation over the phone before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The leaders identified are Jaihari Singh Thakur (Vice President of BJP’s Nagpur unit) and Abhay Tidke (Nagpur executive committee member). In no time the audio clip of the same went viral on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
During the conversation, the duo said that the Union Minister would eventually lose the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The leaders even abused Gadkari and accused him of neglecting the grass root party workers like them.
The leaders further said that current MLA from Nagpur West Sudhakar Deshmukh in 2024 would contest for the Lok Sabha elections from the BJP, as Gadkari would lose this year. They even said that Deshmukh wasn’t keen on contesting the upcoming assembly elections, stated for later this year in October.
In a surprising claim, the two leaders said that Congress chief Vikas Thakre might switch to the BJP and contest the upcoming assembly elections from Nagpur West constituency as he’s close to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.
When Nation Next spoke to city BJP chief Sudhakar Kohale about the audio clip, he said, “Party detractors and miscreants wouldn’t be spared under any circumstances. I received a letter from Jaihari, in which he’s apologised.”
As per Kohale, Jaihari’s letter read, “I’m extremely apologetic and ashamed for whatever I spoke. I was clueless that Abhay would ever record the conversation and make it viral. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself for this behaviour and I’ll regret this for my entire life. I don’t have the courage to face you. I had no intentions to work against the party (BJP). I will resign and repent this forever.”
Vikas Thakre, speaking about his closeness to Fadnavis, told Nation Next, “I’ve been close to Devendra since 1997! Had I wanted, I would have switched the party long back. Neither Devendra nor me have spoken about this ‘proximity’ of ours. You should in fact ask the two leaders about their source of information. Once I get the audio clipping, I’m for sure going to speak to the two of them.”