BJP-Raj meeting: Thackeray for decorum in friendship

Downplaying the controversy triggered by MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s meeting with Maharashtra BJP leaders, Bal Thackeray Wednesday said there was no "severe reaction" in his party on the issue.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010, 15:59 PM IST

Mumbai: Downplaying the controversy
triggered by MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s meeting with Maharashtra BJP leaders, Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray Wednesday said there was no "severe reaction" in his party on the
issue, but felt that "decorum in friendship" should be maintained.

The Sena leader said he has never been selfish in
personal friendship or political alliance and "hence, I feel
decorum in friendship has to be maintained."

In an editorial in party mouthpiece "Saamna", the octogenarian leader said he had on many occasions handled his "dear friend" (BJP) sternly as a "family elder", but never
caused "bad omen".

Trashing media reports about the meeting having caused anxiety in his party, Thackeray said there was "no severe reaction".

"We have no reason to panic. Anybody is free to drink
tea anywhere," Thackeray said criticising the media for
reporting that he and his son Uddhav, Shiv Sena Executive
President, had spoken to BJP leaders in Delhi over the issue.

"Since the media is authorised to make such
discoveries, it is best not to speak about it," he said.
"I don`t know if the tea meeting was just a courtesy
call or there was politics behind the move. I am concerned
only about the politics of Maharashtra`s interest and
self-respect of Marathi people," he said.
The relations between BJP and its oldest ally Shiv
Sena had come under severe strain after Raj Thackeray`s visit
to the state BJP office on Monday with the latter threatening
to boycott today`s NDA rally in Delhi against corruption.

PTI