Mumbai, June 28 (): Sorting out past differences, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in “Matoshree” during his visit to Mumbai on Thursday. The meeting between the two leaders which lasted for about fifteen minutes however indicated that Sena will continue its support to the NDA.
The meeting between the Shiv Sena chief and Narendra Modi came just two days after Thackeray accused Modi for being partial in rescuing only Gujaratis from flood-hit Uttarkhand especially when he was being projected as the likely prime ministerial candidate of the BJP. However, the Shiv Sena chief later backed out saying that he did not mean to criticise Modi but only targeted the Gujarat leader’s propaganda technology.
Modi made his first visit to Mumbai on Thursday after being elevated as the BJP committee chairman. Modi in the meeting spoke about the ‘statue of unity’ of Sardar Patel. Addressing a core meeting, the Gujarat chief minister said that it is high time to notify the people of the country about the ongoing corruption of the Congress and the good governance of BJP-ruled states.
Modi held a closed-door meeting in Mumbai yesterday that included BJP general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, party’s national spokesman Prakash Javadekar, state unit president Devendra Phadanvis, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse as well as Vinod Tawde.
Talking to reporters, party spokesperson Prakash Javedkar claimed that in Maharashtra Sena- BJP alliance has always been strong. Comparing the performance of the 1999 Lok Sabha elections, when the BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats and the Sena bagged 15, Javedkar said that this time the BJP is aiming to go beyond that tally. The BJP is looking forward to win the seats in Mumbai, Pune and Marathwada which it lost in 2009 elections, said Javedkar.