Fadnavis, Uddhav sow seeds of alliance truce? Driver says Indrani sat on Sheena’s body after murder
India on Friday said it is not shying away from dialogue with Pakistan, but it was Islamabad who is afraid of giving consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer arrested on charges in Pakistan.
India has long denied that he was a spy.
“India has never ever shied away from engagement with Pakistan,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz’s remarks that India was shying away from the talks.
He said Pakistan instead is shying away from giving consular access to Jadhav.
The ceasefire in recent hostilities between the warring saffron allies seems to be working. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and CM Devendra Fadnavis shared a dais at a government function on Friday and sent out a message to the cadre that the top leadership in both parties are willing to work together.
The sharing of the dais at Mahim Nature Park was a message in itself, given that the BJP has been using protocol as an excuse to not give Thackeray a centrestage seat during state functions because he is technically not part of the government. This has, in the past, left the Sena fuming.
HT had reported on Thursday that a truce was in the offing after finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar called on Thackeray at his residence Matoshree, to invite him for a state function to plant two crore saplings on July 1. Mungantiwar not only invited CM Devendra Fadnavis (right) and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the plantation drive, at Mahim on Friday. the Sena chief, but also extended an olive branch to end the wrangling. Thackeray, who planted a sapling, said, “I was asked if I’ll go for this function. I said, why not? I am here to appreciate this initiative with an open heart and I will always praise good initiatives by the government. Not just that. Whenever required, I will stand with the government to back such schemes.’’ In his confession, coaccused-turned-witness in the Sheena Bora (below) murder case, Shyamwar Rai said that immediately after the murder, his employer, Indrani Mukerjea, asked him to drive towards a five-star hotel in Bandra. “Indrani madam mujhe boli hotel le lo aur mujhe boli thi 3 BHK flat Sheena ko mil gaya. Indrani Madam Sheena ke muh ke upar baith gaye (Indrani madam asked me to drive towards the hotel. She sat on Sheena’s face and then said Sheena has got her 3BHK flat),” he has said in the confession.