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“Not surprisingly”: Fadnavis on PM-Uddhav meeting; NCP and Sena say MVA is safe | India News


MUMBAI: Ruler Shiv Sena and the NCP on Tuesday ruled out any threats to the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and said it will complete the five-year term, shortly after a face-to-face meeting between Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi caused a stir in political circles.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said it was not surprising that Thackeray, as CM, met the prime minister separately.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Maharashtra NCP Chairman Jayant Patil said separately that the MVA government, which comprises the Sena, NCP and Congress, will complete its five-year term.
Patil said there was nothing “to fear” about a separate meeting between Thackeray and the prime minister, as political leaders, including Sharad Pawar, have such cordial relations that they cut across party lines.
Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said that politics generally begins a few months before the elections and cannot be stopped, “while on other days, the coordination between the state and the Center helps the state.”
Thackeray admitted that he met with the prime minister separately and said there was nothing wrong with having such an interaction, adding sarcastically that he had not gone to meet Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier in the day, Thackeray, accompanied by NCP Senior Vice Minister and Senior Leader Ajit Pawar and Congressional Senior Leader Ashok Chavan, met with the Prime Minister and discussed issues related to the Maratha reserve, pending compensation from the GST and the proposed Metro car in Kanjurmarg.
“Although I am not sure if that individual meeting took place between the Prime Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is nothing to be surprised about, even if we assume that such a meeting has taken place,” said Fadnavis, who is the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, told reporters.
The BJP leader said that when he was the chief minister of Maharashtra, the prime minister used to discuss various issues with him separately.
“When I used to meet the prime minister with a delegation, I used to talk to them for 5 to 10 minutes. Later, the prime minister used to discuss state-related matters with me separately for 15 to 20 minutes,” he said.
The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance collapsed in 2019 over the chief ministry issue. Sena, who was one of the BJP’s oldest allies, later formed an unlikely alliance with the NCP and Congress to form the MVA government in Maharashtra.
“I welcome such a meeting with the prime minister. They help develop coordination between the Center and the state. We have always maintained that the state should maintain good relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Fadnavis said.
When asked about the chances of Thackeray and the prime minister putting aside their political differences, Fadnavis said: “Politics usually starts a few months before the elections and cannot be stopped. On other days, coordination between the state and the Center helps the state. The right role is played at the right time, Maharashtra will surely benefit. ”
Raut told reporters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has listened to CM Uddhav Thackeray, MP CM Ajit Pawar and Congress leader Ashok Chavan on various state-related issues.
“There will be some final decision in the next few days,” he said when asked about the meeting between the Thackeray-led delegation and the prime minister.
Jayant Patil echoed Raut.
“Our commitment is to serve for five years and we will complete that term. There is nothing to fear about a separate meeting that took place between Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is no threat to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.” said Patil, who heads the Department of Water Resources.
He said that a cordial relationship between the prime minister and the prime minister is good for Maharashtra.
“Although our political positions are different, we maintain a cordial relationship with the leaders of other political parties. The head of the CPN, Sharad Pawar, maintains those relationships. Controversies sometimes occur. There is nothing new about it,” he said.
Patil said he is critical of many BJP leaders and the policies of the saffron party, “but on a personal level, we are cordial to each other.”

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