BJP downplays meeting with MNS chief

Downplaying the meeting between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and its Maharashtra unit leaders, BJP on Tuesday said there were no political discussions with him and hoped that Shiv Sena will participate in NDA rally against corruption.

New Delhi: Downplaying the meeting
between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and its Maharashtra unit
leaders, BJP on Tuesday said there were no political discussions
with him and hoped that Shiv Sena will participate in
tomorrow`s NDA rally against corruption.
"Yesterday, Raj Thackeray had a programme near our
Maharashtra unit office. He came to meet our leaders as we
have relations with him since he was with Shiv Sena for
several years. There were no political discussions...I hope
after the clarification by Maharashtra unit chief (Sudhir
Mungantiwar), Shiv Sena will attend the rally," BJP President
Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

Gadkari was responding to questions on Sena`s threat
to boycott the NDA rally after Raj met Mungantiwar and other
leaders.
"As far as politics is concerned, our alliance with
Shiv Sena stands today. There is no proposal to have an
alliance with MNS...the Maharashtra unit president has already
clarified on the meeting," he said.

The Shiv Sena has threatened to boycott NDA`S proposed
rally against corruption in the Capital tomorrow over Raj`s
visit to BJP office on Monday.

The MNS chief had visited the BJP office in Mumbai and
met BJP state president Sudhir Mungantiwar and other leaders
for about 20 minutes.

PTI

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