BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Wednesday said his party would welcome an alliance between its partner Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
"Shiv Sena and MNS should think of a common programme to come together. The BJP also wants both of them to come together," Munde told reporters.
He said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's statement in party mouthpiece Saamna is the first positive step.
In second part of an interview published in Saamna in Mumbai on Wednesday, Uddhav said he would welcome any offer of an alliance between his party and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the interests of Marathi people.
Munde said he would try to bring Shiv Sena and MNS together.
"Even workers of the Shiv Sena, the MNS and the BJP feel that Uddhav and Raj should come together," he said.