Mumbai: Supporting senior BJP leader
Gopinath Munde`s suggestion of a tri-partite alliance, party
chief Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said MNS and other parties are
important for defeating the ruling Congress-NCP combine in the
"MNS and other parties are important for ensuring the
defeat of the Congress-NCP alliance. We will discuss the issue
which is in a preliminary state now", Gadkari said in an
informal chat with reporters in Mumbai.
"The issue would be discussed in the BJP core committee
meeting", he said.
Asserting that the tri-partite alliance would have more
seats in the Assembly, Munde had earlier this month said the
saffron alliance lost as the MNS divided their votes.
"MNS got 13 seats and it damaged the saffron alliance`s
chances in 53 seats. If the seats won by Shiv Sena-BJP (90)
are combined with 66 (53+13) it would be more than that of
Congress and NCP", Munde had said.
Expressing confidence of making things possible, Munde
had said "nothing is impossible in politics and I can make
Reacting to Munde`s statement, Sena chief Bal Thackeray
had ruled out such an alliance with the MNS while Raj
Thackeray had also ridiculed the suggestion.
Raj`s surprise visit to BJP office in Mumbai last year
had raised many eyebrows. During his visit, Raj had met BJP
state president Sudhir Mungantiwar irking Shiv Sena, which
threatened to boycott an NDA rally in Delhi then.