Fadnavis, Uddhav sow seeds of alliance truce?
MUMBAI: 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 sentoutamessagetothecadrethat 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 MungantiwarcalledonThackeray at his residence Matoshree, to invite him for a state function to plant two crore saplings on July 1. Mungantiwar not only invited 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.’’
CM Devendra Fadnavis (right) and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the plantation drive, at Mahim on Friday.