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Delhi Confidential: PM Narendra Modi in no mood to snap personal ties with Shiv Sena

On Wednesday, after Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die when the floor leaders met in the Speaker’s chamber, the Prime Minister walked up to Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut and asked him about Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s health.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 4, 2022 2:07:38 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Once close allies, the BJP and Shiv Sena may be on rival sides now – drifting further in the past few months. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not appear to be in a mood to snap personal ties with leaders of Shiv Sena. On Wednesday, after Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die when the floor leaders met in the Speaker’s chamber, the Prime Minister walked up to Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut and asked him about Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s health. He enquired if Thackeray was doing well after the cervical spine surgery he underwent recently.

Rift Widens

During the Winter Session of Parliament, which concluded on Wednesday, the distance between the ruling and opposition parties appeared to have widened. As Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi hurriedly walked to Speaker Om Birla’s chamber for the customary greetings; the Speaker is thanked and greeted by floor leaders for conducting the House at the end of the session. Sonia did not wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers to arrive at the chamber. On their part, Congress leaders said usually senior leaders of the government walk across the aisle to greet opposition leaders, which did not take place.

The Wait

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