Fad­navis, Ud­dhav sow seeds of al­liance truce?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.’’

ARIJIT SEN/HT

CM Deven­dra Fad­navis (right) and Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray at the plan­ta­tion drive, at Mahim on Fri­day.

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