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After criticism, Sena, Modi to bury hatchet?

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 27, 2013
First Published: 10:29 IST(27/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:31 IST(27/6/2013)

A day after accusing Narendra Modi of being 'narrow-minded' during the rescue operations in Uttarakhand, it seems the Shiv Sena is ready to patch-up with the Gujarat chief minister.

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Sources close to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said, "The two leaders are in touch with each other and there are no differences. Don't be surprised if they meet soon."

The Shiv Sena, one of the oldest constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that still supports Hindutva aggressively, has not publicly supported Modi in his efforts to be projected as NDA's prime ministerial candidate.

In fact, in the past few months, the relations between Thackeray and Modi have not exactly been cordial.

During Modi's tussle with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani, the Sena extended its support to the senior leader.

Thackeray was also unhappy that BJP leaders in Maharashtra were keen to include his political rival, Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), in the alliance.
However, recently, there have been efforts from both camps to bring Thackeray and Modi together.

While Tuesday's controversy kicked up by an editorial in Saamana slamming Modi once again created bitterness between the two, it also set in motion efforts to patch up the two parties, said sources.

When asked who took the first step to end the conflict, a close aide of Thackeray said: "There is no clash of egos here.There were some efforts to bring the two leaders together and we responded positively. Uddhavji is willing to support Modi. The two are likely to meet in the next few days and discuss various issues."

However, it is not yet clear whether Modi will call on Thackeray at the latter's Bandra residence during his visit to Mumbai on Thursday.

BJP functionaries in the city said no such visit had been scheduled.


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