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Assembly polls in focus,MNS sends out signals of joining saffron alliance

With Assembly polls ahead,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena seems to be giving a signal to join the saffron alliance.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 6, 2009 4:15:51 am

With Assembly polls ahead,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to be giving a signal to join the saffron alliance. In a remark,which caused quite a stir in the political circles,MNS chief Raj Thackeray recently lauded Narendra Modi as well as BJP Maharashtra chief Nitin Gadkari for their leadership qualities in a lecture series held in Pune recently.

Though MNS went independently in the Lok Sabha polls,political analysts feel that such statements give enough signals of new equations. But Gadkari does not want to draw any interpretation from this statement. He said he thanked MNS chief for praising him. “He was talking in a lecture series; nothing should be read between the lines. It was a personal opinion of a leader and we should take it that way. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is very strong and there are no differences among us,” he said.

Gadkari,while speaking to The Indian Express,said that he had no ambition of becoming the chief minister. However,it is good that the MNS chief sees good leaders in us,he said.

The MNS chief while speaking in a lecture series in Nigdi in the city recently said that he does not see a better candidate for Prime Ministership than Narendra Modi. He said that he was instrumental in putting Gujarat on the path of development and has exhibited good administrative skills. He also praised BJP state chief Gadkari for his leadership qualities and administrative acumen.

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City BJP chief Girish Bapat said that such praises were definitely some signal and it is a pointer towards the changing political equations ahead of the Assembly elections in September. “Nobody is a friend or a foe forever in political circles. Such things happen and there are bound to be some changes,” he said. Although Thackeray was expressing his individual opinion,there is much more to this praise,he added.

Earlier,before the Lok Sabha polls,BJP had threatened to sever ties with Shiv Sena and there was intervention by Sena chief Bal Thackeray. There were also talks of BJP wanting to join hands with the MNS. However,the BJP central leadership had advised against such exercise. “It is possible that they would want to join us,” said Bapat. MNS leaders,however,maintained that the tie-up is possible only if the BJP severs ties with the Sena. However,BJP leaders maintained that they had a strong alliance with the Sena.

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