In the formal meeting that lasted 15 minutes, Thackeray told Modi that there were no differences between the two and he was not against the latter, said the sources.
For Modi, Sena’s support is significant to some extent, as the Uddhav Thackeray led party had so far not backed him eventhough it is one of the oldest National Democratic Alliance constituent that advocates hardline Hindutva.
During Modi’s tussle with senior leader L K Advani, the Sena had not supported him. To make matters worse, the party mouthpiece Saamna had on Tuesday slammed Modi for being rescuing only Gujaratis eventhough he was posing as a national leader. Thursday’s meeting is seen as an outcome of efforts from both sides for a patch-up between the two leaders. The Hindustan Times had on Thursday reported that the two leaders had decided to bury the hatchet.
Earlier, addressing top brass of the state BJP Modi said that only rallies by him would not win them elections and they will have to put in efforts. During his day-long visit to Mumbai, Modi also participated in an interactive session organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry and released a book `Beyond a billion bullets’ at a function organized by BJP’s Mumbai unit.