‘Visit apolitical, talks for govt to begin on Monday’

  • Agencies, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 23:53 IST

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai on Saturday as apolitical, Shiv Sena said party president Uddhav Thackeray was not scheduled to meet him in Mumbai or even in the national capital later, and talks for government formation would start only on Monday.

The PM had come to Mumbai to inaugurate the Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre.

“The Prime Minister has come to Mumbai only to inaugurate a hospital. At a time when the PM has come for a social cause, there will be no political talks. Talks will start only from Monday,” Shiv Sena MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Vinayak Raut, said.

Located in south Mumbai, the hospital in its 90th year was rebuilt by the Reliance Foundation, led by its chairperson Nita Ambani, into a modern 19-storey tower with two heritage wings, the foundation said in a statement. She termed it "a historic day" in the life of the hospital which was re-dedicated to the people of Mumbai.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani and Mukesh Ambani, on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

“Narendra bhai, we assure that this hospital will become a centre of good health and global levels of health care, respect for life, modern technology combined with love and compassion, with dignity to all,” Nita Ambani said.

Founded in 1925 as Mumbai’s first general hospital, it has a rich heritage -- it saw the freedom struggle and the Second World War, and Mahatma Gandhi was among its frequent visitors.

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