Maharashtra BJP backs Gadkari over meeting with Raj Thackeray

BJP leader Vinod Tawde said that if the MNS does not contest Lok Sabha polls, then it would not only benefit the BJP, but also the Shiv Sena

Mumbai | Updated: March 6, 2014 6:24 pm

Maharashtra BJP strongly backed its former party chief Nitin Gadkari, who had met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray yesterday, to request him not to contest Lok Sabha polls, to ensure that votes do not get fragmented.

“Gadkariji has clarified the motive behind meeting Raj Thackeray, since he said that if MNS contests Lok Sabha polls, it will lead to division of votes (between the BJP-Sena-RPI alliance and the MNS),” Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis told reporters here.

“Gadkariji is our national leader. He can meet anybody he wants. It does not need my endorsement,” he said. However, he said that his party is still unaware about MNS president Raj Thackeray’s stand on the issue. Fadnavis also clarified that he was not summoned by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray who is said to be unhappy about Gadkari’s overtures towards the MNS.

“I was not summoned by Uddhav Thackeray last night. A meeting with him was already scheduled. No explanation was sought from me by the Sena chief,” he said. Another BJP leader Vinod Tawde said that if the MNS does not contest Lok Sabha polls, then it would not only benefit the BJP, but also the Shiv Sena.

“We do not know why there was any need to react sharply. Gadkariji only asked him (Raj Thackeray) not to contest the Lok Sabha polls. He did not do any deal with Raj,” the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council said. “There is no need for Sena leaders to be upset,” he said, adding that, “We did not ask the MNS to join in the BJP-Sena-RPI alliance or the NDA. Gadkariji did not propose any such thing,” Tawde said.

Both the Shiv Sena and the BJP had lost their five respective seats due to the MNS factor during the 2009 general elections.

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    Ghanshyam
    Mar 5, 2014 at 6:48 am
    The BJP does not even have candidates… They are breaking the Congress and other parties and giving people from these parties ticket,”
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      Ghanshyam
      Mar 5, 2014 at 10:03 am
      Today's headlines are tomorrow's birdcage drop-sheets. Nothing is so admirable in modi politics as a short memory.Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often,
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        Abhishek Kumar
        Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00 am
        BJP now cheated with UP and bihar public, Nitin Gadkari joined hands with Raj Thackeray means Narendra Modi least bother about voters emotion of U.P & BIHAR! MNS's hooliganism.
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          Abhishek Kumar
          Mar 5, 2014 at 9:07 am
          The one that's out always looks the best. so choos the best among them, and vote for congress or better india.The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
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            Alka Tripathi
            Mar 5, 2014 at 9:33 am
            The hardest thing about modi campaign are unworthy of winning.modi will only reinforce and deepen the political divides in our country But if we choose to actively seek out information that challenges our umptions and beliefs.
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              Alka Tripathi
              Mar 5, 2014 at 6:30 am
              when MNS was insulted UP and Bihari's peoples then where was BJP, this is BJP's real face, MNS and BJP both were involve in those bad days, both are not Good for nation..
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                Ankita Rai
                Mar 5, 2014 at 10:37 am
                "There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. modi is on second group..modi stand for nothing fall for anything
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                  Ankita Rai
                  Mar 5, 2014 at 7:09 am
                  Question is not that who is joining or who is breaking the party. question of whether India will give Modi a visa to rule, the answer is no.
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