Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray to strengthen the NDA ahead of 2019 polls

Updated:  Jun 08, 2018, 12:05 PM

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Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray as BJP looks to placate sulking Shiv Sena

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah kick-started his series of talks with key National Democratic Alliance partners, calling on Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray for a meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The two leaders had a closed door one on one meeting for 20 minutes, followed by a marathon discussion also involving Maharashtra chief minister Davendra Fadnavis and Thackeray’s son Aditya

“The agenda of the meeting was to ensure better coordination and resolve grievances. BJP is keen on an alliance with the Sena in the upcoming polls. Both our parties will face losses if we contest separately in the face of a united opposition from the Congress – NCP in the state,” said a senior BJP state functionary.

The meeting came on a day when the Sena mouthpiece Saamana had made a scathing comment about Shah’s outreach to allies, in which he will meet Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal and JDU leaders in coming days. “ The Prime Minister is touring the world and BJP chief Amit Shah is touring the country as part of their Sampark for Samarthan campaign. Shah will be meeting NDA allies. But , what exactly will he do? It is a question why he is meeting now after the BJP suffered defeats in bypolls. Sena will contest 2019 elections solo,” the editorial in Saamana read.

In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had contested 27 seats and won 23 seats, while the Sena had contested 21 seats and won 18. But the two have been squabbling i recent weeks, with the Sena criticising the BJP-led central government, of which it is a part, on issues ranging from petrol prices to rural distress.


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