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‘I didn’t go to meet Nawaz Sharif’: Uddhav Thackeray on meeting PM Modi in Delhi

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital. Thackeray discussed various issues with the PM, including those related to Maratha and OBC reservation, Metro car shed and GST compensation.

The CM was accompanied by his deputy Ajit Pawar and state minister Ashok Chavan during the meeting – the three leaders representing all three constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.

Later, while responding to a question during a press conference, the Maharashtra CM spoke about the relationship he shared with the PM. He said the two may not be together as political friends but that doesn’t mean the two don’t share cordial relations.

“We may not be politically together but that doesn’t mean our relationship has broken. Main koi Nawaz Sharif se nahi milne gaya tha (I didn’t go to meet former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif). So, if I meet him (the PM) separately in person, there is nothing wrong with it,” the Shiv Sena supremo said.

It may be recalled that the Shiv Sena and the BJP were together in power in Maharashtra till the late 2019 state elections. The two had even contested the 2019 Assembly elections together but had a fallout after the results over the post of chief ministership.

The Shiv Sena had then allied with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party to form the MVA coalition government in the state.

Ever since, amid Shiv Sena’s allegations of the BJP working to bring down the government in Maharashtra, the main opposition party has been saying that the coalition will itself collapse under the burden of the ‘unnatural alliance’ the three parties have stitched together.

 

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