Mumbai, June 27: Narendra Modi, who has taken the BJP baton aiming to win mission 2014, met the "upset" ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Gujarat Chief Minister met Thackeray at the latter's residence in Mumbai on Thursday, June 27.
Modi reached Matoshree and had a brief meeting with Thackeray who recently has expressed his disappointment with BJP's decision of promoting Gujarat CM as the face of the party's election committee.
Writing in the Sena journal, Thackeray had said, "I did not
criticise Narendra Modi. My criticism is constructive; I criticised
Modi's publicists on Uttarakhand."
"He (Modi) is not our enemy. We have expectations of him and expressed our displeasure,' added Thackeray.
Earlier the Sena had taken a dig at Modi for reportedly rescuing 15,000 Gujaratis from flood-ravaged Uttarkhand over the weekend.
The party also accused Modi of looking after the welfare of the people of only his state, indicating that a prime ministerial aspirant should not take a divisive path.
The Sena said Modi's act of saving his own people could lead to an adverse publicity and boomerang. It praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who also visited Dehradun at the hour of crisis.
Modi's meeting with Shiv Sena chief seems to be a step to break the cold between the two parties as BJP may not take risk of losing another crucial ally post exit of JD(U).
Modi was scheduled to unveil the agenda for 2014 and met party leaders from Maharashtra. Modi would also address the industry honchos at a CII meat and release a book besides working on improving ties with the Shiv Sena, one of the remaining few allies in the shrinking NDA.
After the JD(U)'s pull-out earlier this month, it has become a challenging task for the BJP to keep the alliance intact and the recent flip-flop by the Sena over Modi has given rise to fresh apprehension.