Ud­dhav de­clines meet­ing with BJP min­is­ter

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray did not give an ap­point­ment to state fi­nance min­is­ter and se­nior BJP leader Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war for a meet­ing on Mon­day.

The BJP leader, who has been en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Sena, had sought time to meet Thack­eray at his res­i­dence in Ban­dra (East) on Mon­day evening.

Mun­gan­ti­war, how­ever, de­nied Thack­eray “re­fused” to meet him or that it was an meet­ing to dis­cuss the al­liance.

“It was not a sched­uled meet­ing; when­ever he gives time a meet­ing will be held. It is not about al­liance but about the mon­soon ses­sion,” he said. The fi­nance min­is­ter also said that the BJP was not forc­ing an al­liance on the Sena.

“The de­ci­sion on an al­liance will be made by both the par­ties. We have no in­ten­tion on forc­ing an al­liance on them. It is not our weak­ness,’’ said Mun­gan­ti­war.

On Jan­uary 23, the Sena, in its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing, an­nounced it will not en­ter into an al­liance with the BJP for the 2019 Assem­bly and gen­eral elec­tions.

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