Mumbai: A meeting between Shiv Sena chief
Bal Thackeray and Republican Party of India (RPI) leader
Ramdas Athavale at the former`s residence Matoshree here
has created a flutter in the political circles.
The two leaders met Tuesday afternoon for an hour over
tea, Sena sources said. Thackeray also talked to the RPI
activists who had come with Athavale for 15 minutes, sources added.
"Thackeray asked the RPI leaders and activists to
join hands with Sena. He told them to think it over, and
talk to Uddhav (Sena`s executive president)," sources
However, Athavale later denied that he discussed
politics with the Shiv Sena supremo.
"There was no political discussion between us. It was
a courtesy call on the Sena chief, though we have differences
over certain issues. I greeted him for his recent birthday,"
Athavale told reporters after the meeting.
Thackeray celebrated his 85th birthday on January 23.