Earlier, the issue took an ugly turn as arch rival, Raj Thackeray of MNS declared that he supported Modi but would field candidates against the BJP-Sena combine.
It led to a panic as a similar move by Raj in 2009 led to a massive division in the anti-Congress vote, hitting severely both the BJP nor the Sena.
Prior, to the media meet at Sena Bhavan, party headquarters, Uddav held a meeting with Sena leaders from across the state.
He said, “This morning, I spoke to Rajiv Pratap Rudy. I am also going to speak to Rajnath Singh soon. But the feeling that I was given is that this (a tie-up with Raj) is not the party’s view.”
In a damage control mode, BJP’s state in-charge Rudy, besides speaking to Uddhav, also met him late evening.
Rudy reportedly assured Uddhav that NDA would not seek any support from parties like the MNS. And that there would be deliberation with Uddhav before any decision was taken.