Uddhav-Jaidev will dis­pute: Raj steps in as the me­di­a­tor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit

MUMBAI: In a move that has prompted spec­u­la­tion about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of their politics, Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thack­eray drove down for an hour-long meet­ing with es­tranged cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav at the lat­ter’s res­i­dence on Fri­day.

Raj,ac­com­pa­nied­by­partyleader Bala Nandgaonkar, reached Matoshree, Ban­dra, around 11am and left post noon.

The meet­ing, sources from both sides in­sist, was for per­sonal rea­sons — the tur­moil in the fam­ily caused by the le­gal bat­tle be­ing fought by Uddhav’s el­der brother Jaidev over the in­her­i­tance of fa­ther Bal Thack­eray’s as­sets. Jaidev’s state­ment that his Smita Thack­eray’s son Aish­warya isn’t his — has caused deep an­guish in the fam- ily and prom­ises to cause fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment as the le­gal bat­tle pro­gresses in the Bom­bay high court, where Jaidev has chal­lenged the late Sena chief ’s will, claim­ing Uddhav in­flu­enced it.

VIJAYANAND GUPTA/HT

MNS chief Raj Thack­eray (left) vis­its his cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav at Matoshree in Ban­dra on Fri­day.

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