By agreeing to constitute a coordination committee to periodically discuss critical matters confronting the alliance partners,Shiv Sena and BJP took a step forward Tuesday to mend fences.
The parties reckon there are areas of concern with each asserting its political might in several districts and gearing up for tough bargains ahead.
Deputy leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde and state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis met Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for two hours.
While the topic of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was skipped,the leaders decided to take the initiative to form a grand alliance by reaching out to Peasants and Workers Party,Shetkari Sanghatana and others.
Fadnavis has already sounded individuals/ forces to align with BJP under Maharashtra Democratic Alliance to fight the Congress-NCP combine in the state.
Munde said,Three members each of Sena and BJP will form the coordination committee which will hold regular discussions.
Both sides agreed to get back to the serious business of evolving poll strategy in advance to avoid getting caught unawares following the uncertainty at the Centre.
The thrust was on readying cadres to work unitedly at the grassroots level.
BJP is worried as Sena has been regularly targeting its state and central leaders through party mouthpiece Saamana.
The latest attack by Sena on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has not gone down well with BJP.
Sena and BJP agreed to sort out recurring problems in the coordination committee.
The meet also signaled the changing equations in state BJP following the appointment of Fadnavis as its president.
It showed Munde has forcefully returned to Maharashtra politics and relegated former all-India president Nitin Gadkari.
Munde said,Yes,I have returned to Maharashtra politics and here to stay till 2014 elections.
He announced re-induction of Babasaheb Pacharne,who had joined NCP ahead of the 2009 assembly elections,into the party.
Pacharne said,I am glad to return to BJP. Last elections,I joined NCP after senior leader Sharad Pawar said we should work together in Pune district. I was also promised a ticket from Shirur and a ministerial post. But none of the promises was kept.
Senior Pawar wanted to field me as an NCP candidate from Shirur. But Ajit Pawar opposed.