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No giving up: BJP to restart talks with Sena today

Sensing trouble from NCP in future, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday announced that the BJP in an attempt to “fill up the differences” will resume talks with the Shiv Sena on Friday.

Sources said, the state leadership are worried over NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s frequent change in political stands and could be a problem to run the government with its support in future. Earlier, during the trust vote, NCP which has 41 legislators, abstained from voting which ensured Fadnavis to gain majority.

Sources said, there are high chances that Sena will join the BJP government on the eve of the crucial winter session as both the parties wanted to have a strong government in the state.

Speaking to the media persons on Thursday, Fadnavis said talks with the Sena would be conducted by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil.

“The two leaders may, if necessary, consult me and other leaders. However, the BJP central leadership has given the duo all rights to resolve the stalemate with the Sena,” he said.

He said, “Sena and the BJP contested the assembly elections as separate parties. But Sena is our trusted partner in Maharashtra for the last 25 years. We are keen on resuming ties with them. The Shiv Sena will soon be with us.’

It was learnt that Fadnavis had called up Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on November 24 and suggested that parleys between the two allies should be resumed.

On September 25, Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena had formally decided to end their 25-year- old alliance in Maharashtra and announced to go solo in the assembly poll.
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