Fad­navis, Ud­dhav sow seeds of al­liance truce? Driver says In­drani sat on Sheena’s body af­ter mur­der

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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.

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