After JD(U)'s exit, will Uddhav Thackeray be NDA convenor?

Mumbai, June 21: After the JD(U) terminated its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP and party chief Sharad Yadav quit the post of the NDA's convenor, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has been reportedly offered the position by BJP chief Rajnath Singh during a meeting with him at Matoshree, the former's residence earlier this week. The meeting was attended by BJP's state unit chief Devendra Fadanvis and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray.

Sources said th details of the report were not divulged and that it was a part of the effort to keep the shrinking NDA alliance together. The BJP is trying to keep the remaining alliances close to it after a major ally JD(U) decided to pull out over the elevation of Narendra Modi ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls. The Sena is one of the natural allies of the BJP owing to their common ideological stand on Hindutva.

If Thackeray accepts the offer, he will become the third convenor of the NDA after Samata Party leader George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav. Thackeray reportedly told the BJP that hen would consider the offer and take a call at the earliest while sources believe that the BJP is confident about him accepting the proposall for it would mean a ticket for him to enter national politics.

Thackeray, while addressing his party men at Shanmukhanand Hall on Wednesday on the occasion of the Sena's 48th foundation day, lambasted Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar for severing ties with the NDA. He questioned Kumar's secular credentials, saying such secularists did not do anything when Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of the state or when the Hindus were facing crises.

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