Mumbai: BJP chief Amit Shah is set to meet Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. (Also read: Amit Shah Wants to Run Party With Cadre Money)
Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, “BJP President Amit Shah and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will address a joint press conference later today. An announcement on the alliance will be made in the press conference.”
The equation between the allies hasn’t been as easy as they would’ve liked it to be. Things came to a head with the allies fighting the Palghar by-polls separately. Then, Sena said that the BJP was its biggest political enemy. Soon after, Shah sought time to meet Thackeray at the latter’s residence, apparently to placate the sulking ally.
In July, in what could have come as an embarrassment to the BJP, the Sena abstained from voting on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha moved by the Opposition against the Centre.
Reports had said that Shah had called Thackeray seeking his party’s support on the no-trust vote, to which the latter had agreed.
However, later, reports emerged suggesting that the purported conversation never happened.
“It is true that Amit Shah called him several times. Just yesterday (the day of no-confidence motion) itself, there were at least five calls. One of them was from the Parliamentary committee office of the party. But Uddhavji did not receive any of those calls,” the Sena leader was quoted as saying.
On Sunday, Shah said that the government will not allow Assam to become another Kashmir and that is why we have brought National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Addressing a public rally at Lakhimpur in Assam, he said, “We will not allow Assam to become another Kashmir. That is why we have brought NRC. We will deport each and every infiltrator with the help of NRC. We are committed to that.”