Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president, Raj Thackeray’s visit to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office may have ruffled the Shiv Sena’s feathers, but senior BJP leaders from Delhi went all out to pacify the Sena.
Both BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior BJP leader LK Advani reiterated that all was well in their alliance with the Sena.
“Our relationship with the Sena is unbreakable. The meeting was an informal one,” Gadkari said. Gadkari also said his party had no plans of striking an alliance with the
MNS. He, however, insisted that Raj’s visit to the BJP office should not be read into too much.
Advani called up Sena executive president, Uddhav Thackeray and invited the Sena to join NDA’s rally against the Congress-led central government. Senior BJP leaders, Sushma Swaraj and Gopinath Munde, also pacified Uddhav and requested him to join the rally.
The Sena has been furious ever since Raj decided to pay a visit to the BJP state office on Monday where senior BJP leaders including state president, Sudhir Mungantiwar received him.
The two-decade-old BJP- Sena alliance has been facing problems with both parties squaring off against each other.
Senior leaders from both the parties have been at loggerheads over various issues.
The latest skirmish between the two stemmed from the defeat of Nikhil Khadse, son of leader of opposition and senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, in the Legislative Council elections held earlier this month. Khadse blamed Sena leaders for his son’s defeat
According to sources, Uddhav was planning to boycott the NDA rally after Raj’s visit.