The Shiv Sena Wednesday called Nitin Gadkari an astute “businessman” adept at setting up deals after the BJP leader reached out to rival MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and it also ruled out expanding the Opposition’s grand alliance.
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who is said to be upset over the recent meeting between Gadkari and Raj, targeted the former BJP president in an editorial of his party mouthpiece Saamana. “Gadkari is so skilled that without offering any dakshina (money offered for one’s services) to the MNS chief, he has sought his support. There is no doubt in the mind of the people of Maharashtra that Gadkari is an adept businessman. In the field of politics also, he has developed a skill to get whatever he wants without investing any capital,” Uddhav was quoted as saying in Saamana.
Gadkari had met Raj two days back, triggering speculation that BJP was trying to win over the MNS chief into the NDA.
“Gadkari asked the MNS chief not to field his nominees to avoid division in anti-Congress votes, which may harm Narendra Modi’s chances of becoming the PM,” Uddhav said. “If Gadkari has such reservations, then it may also give rise to questions whether the Modi wave is really strong enough.”
Time to move ahead of Gujarat riots: Paswan
LJP Chief Ramvilas Paswan, who parted ways with the BJP in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Wednesday said in Patna that it is “time to move ahead”. “It has been 12 years since the Gujarat riots and it is time to move ahead. And why should 2002 be talked about in isolation? There was the Emergency against the Congress when people vowed not to support them,” he said. ENS