Ud­dhav re­fuses to meet BJP min­is­ter

The Asian Age - - Nation - AMEY TIRODKAR

In a ma­jor set­back to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ( BJP) ef­forts to woo its es­tranged al­liance part­ner, Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray on Mon­day re­fused to meet BJP leader Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war.

Mr Mun­gan­ti­war, the state fi­nance min­is­ter, was sup­posed to visit Matoshree to dis­cuss an al­liance pro­posal with Mr Thack­eray in view of the Sena’s stance on go­ing solo in the 2019 Assem­bly and Lok Sabha elec­tions. But Mr Thack­eray, in the back­drop of the re­cent mur­der of two Shiv Sainiks in Ahmed­na­gar on April 7, re­fused to meet the BJP leader, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Mean­while, in view of the Sena’s at­ti­tude, the BJP too has upped its ante. Mr Mun­gan­ti­war said that an al­liance is not ex­actly a ‘ do- or- die’ is­sue for the BJP and it is ready to con­test the polls on its own.

Mr Mun­gan­ti­war has been the BJP point per­son for deal­ing with Mr Thack­eray. The BJP has said in pub­lic that it wants to seal an al­liance with Sena in the com­ing elec­tions. BJP’s pres­i­dent Amit Shah had also ex­pressed a de­sire to form ties with the Sena.

Mon­day marked the tenth day since the mur­der of the Sainiks and the Sena has been al­leg­ing that the BJP, Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party and Congress’ work­ers are re­spon­si­ble.

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