Magnetic Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray to skip PM Narendra Modi’s function in Mumbai
The Shiv Sena also plans to boycott the ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed Navi Mumbai International AirportUpdated: Feb 17, 2018 23:06 IST
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will not share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the global investors’ summit, ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’, said a senior party leader close to him.
“Given the current relations between the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena, it was clear to everybody that we should stay away from a function where PM Modi ji will be present,” he said. Thackeray, however, is likely to attend day two of the conclave, on February 19, said the party functionary.
The three-day summit will be inaugurated at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on Sunday evening.
Senior Shiv Sena leader and state industries minister Subhash Desai confirmed that the state government had extended an invitation to Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena also plans to boycott the ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. A senior party leader said that despite the area where the airport is to be built falling under Shiv Sena member and Lok Sabha MP Srirang Barne’s constituency, the state government has not invited him to the function.
The ties between the two allies, the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have been strained for the past few years. Last month, the Shiv Sena announced its decision to go solo in the 2019 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The party has been attacking Modi and the BJP over various issues, much to the chagrin of senior BJP leaders.
In the past few days, the Shiv Sena has attacked the BJP-led state government over its measures to prevent suicide attempts in and around Mantralaya. On Saturday, the Sena, in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, taunted the BJP, saying absconding celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi should be made the “governor of the Reserve Bank of India, to finish off the country.” The party also alleged that Nirav Modi was a BJP sympathiser and was involved in collecting the party’s funds during elections.
The Shiv Sena also asked the government how Nirav Modi, who had fled the country in January, managed to join the group of industrialists who met PM Modi in Davos last month when a complaint against him had been lodged by Punjab National Bank.
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 23:05 IST