Thackeray mediates to remove strains between Sena, BJP leaders

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has called for a truce between two warring senior state leaders of BJP and his party to bring to an end their strained ties.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has
called for a truce between two warring senior state leaders of
BJP and his party to bring to an end their strained ties.

"BJP leaders should call the two over tea and end this
storm in a tea cup," Thackeray said in an editorial in Sena
mouthpiece `Saamana` on Wednesday.

His suggestion came against the backdrop of Sena leader
and former minister Suresh Jain and Leader of Opposition in
Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse (BJP) publicly calling each
other corrupt.

"It is in everybody`s interest to end this row," the
editorial said. It termed the Jain-Khadse verbal slugfest as a
"local feud".

Jain, who like Khadse hails from Jalgaon district, has
called the BJP leader the most corrupt politician and demanded
that there should be "an inquiry into how he procured so much
property".

Khadse`s son Nikhil was defeated in Maharashtra
Legislative Council elections last year and the BJP leader
blamed Jain, saying he had supported the winning candidate
Manish Jain.

PTI

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