Mun­gan­ti­war calls on Ud­dhav; BJP, Sena headed for a truce?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge and Ku­nal Puro­hit ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter days of name call­ing and wran­gling with each other, there was an at­tempt at a truce be­tween the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thurs­day, af­ter se­nior BJP leader and fi­nance min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war called on Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray at his res­i­dence Matoshree, to in­vite the lat­ter for a gov­ern­ment func­tion.

While the os­ten­si­ble rea­son for the meet­ing was the gov­ern­ment in­vi­ta­tion for a statewide drive to plant two crore trees on Fri­day, July 1, the 25-minute meet­ing be­tween the two went be­yond for­mal­i­ties with the BJP hold­ing out an olive branch and call­ing for a cease­fire.

Sources told HT that Mun­gan­ti­war’s visit was not State fi­nance min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war (left) and Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray: im­promptu and chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis was in the loop over the at­tempt to meet the Sena chief as a way of mak­ing amends.

“It was a pos­i­tive meet­ing. It is only nat­u­ral to in­vite our ally for the func­tion. We want to move for­ward in­stead of try­ing to re­move the scabs on old wounds. And hav­ing a dia­logue al­ways helps,’’ Mun­gan­ti­war told the Hin­dus­tan Times.

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