Senior ministers of the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) have informed that the chances of an alliance between their parties now seem slim. They admit there has been exchange of many adverse comments, however now if they contest separately, after the current round of talks, the battle will not be bitter. As part of the continuous rounds of talks, the next meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be held on Wednesday at the residence of an industrialist to take the final call.
Tuesday was a crucial day for both the Sena and the BJP. Thackeray took a review meeting with his party leaders which was attended by Member of Parliament (MPs), member of state assembly (MLAs), leaders and deputy leaders at ‘Matoshree’, residence of Thackeray. Later he took a meeting of vibhag pramukhs (regional heads) and discussed the strategy.
While disclosing the minutes of the meeting, a senior Sena leader said, “Uddhav and Fadnavis are of the view that there should be an alliance between them in all the 10 corporations including Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). But we pressurised Thackeray not to go with BJP whose leaders are terming our leader, Thackeray as ‘Mafia’.”