RPI leader Athavale meets Bal Thackeray at Matoshree
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 15:44
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 said.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 15:44

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