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Uddhav to BJP: Friends have to be nurtured

With the NDA being reduced to a three-party alliance after the JD(U)’s exit,the Shiv Sena on Monday asked the BJP to explain its plans to bring in new allies,saying “friends don’t grow like trees”.

With the NDA being reduced to a three-party alliance after the JD(U)’s exit,the Shiv Sena on Monday asked the BJP to explain its plans to bring in new allies,saying “friends don’t grow like trees”.

“Friends don’t grow like trees,they have to be nurtured. How does one get friends if one chops off the branches of the tree which till now provided fruits,flowers and shade,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna.

“After JD(U) exited NDA,BJP and Shiv Sena are left. The Akali Dal’s strength has never gone above four or five MPs,” Uddhav,whose party is the BJP’s oldest ally,said,voicing concern over the dwindling strength of the alliance.

“Once,there were 25 to 30 parties in NDA. Now,hardly three remain. Earlier,even the hall in Advani’s home was not enough to hold its meetings. Now,a table and four chairs are enough,” he said.

“The post of NDA convener is vacant. But what work is left for the convener,other than calling two parties for tea?” Uddhav,who was reportedly offered the post of the NDA convener by the BJP,said. The post was vacated by JD(U) president Sharad Yadav when his party quit the alliance.