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