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All eyes on Modi’s high tea tomorrow

All eyes on Modi’s high tea tomorrow
Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi\'s high tea for allies on Sunday will be watched for signs of a reunion with the Shiv Sena, which will enable them to form a government in Maharashtra.

  • Invites Shiv Sena for high tea with MPs
  • Gadkari in Maha truce, not in CM race
  • Way almost clear for Fadnavis as the CM
  • BJP MLAs to elect their leader on Oct 26

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high tea for allies on Sunday will be watched for signs of a reunion with the Shiv Sena, which will enable them to form a government in Maharashtra. If Uddhav Thackeray does accept, or even send a stand-in, it will be seen as confirmation that the BJP and the Sena are getting back together. The BJP ended its 25-year partnership with the Sena last month, just before the state polls, after intense bickering over seat-sharing.
PM Narendra Modi  addressing the officers and jawans of the Indian armed forces at Siachen Base Camp during his surprise visit on Thursday
The BJP won the most number of seats in the polls but needs 22 more for a majority. The Sena would have been a natural choice to fill the gap, but Sharad Pawar's NCP has complicated matters by offering unconditional support to the BJP. The BJP has not rejected that offer. RPI leader Ramdas Athawale, who met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, said the latter was "very keen" on forming the government in alliance with the BJP. The process of government formation in Maharashtra is expected to be expedited with a meeting of BJP legislators likely to be held in Mumbai on Monday.

Meanwhile, the BJP appears to have resolved its other problem in Maharashtra; a possible row over the Chief Minister's post between two of its most prominent state leaders - Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and state party chief Devendra Fadnavis - has been resolved with a ‘Diwali milan.’ Gadkari reiterated he was not in the race for chief minister and does not want to return to state politics. "We have no differences. My political guru is Devendra's father Ganghadharrao Fadnavis who was an MLC while I was instrumental in bringing Devendra into politics," Gadkari said after Fadnavis called on him at his residence in Mahal area in the morning.

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