Amid strain with alliance partners over CAA and NRC, Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi in Delhi
New Delhi | Jagran New Desk: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his first visit to Delhi after the head of the state. His son Aditya Thackeray, who is a minister in his cabinet, also accompanied him.
In a picture shared by PMO, Uddhav and his son can be seen greeting PM Modi with a bouquet.
The meeting comes amid a strain between Thackeray and his ideologically opposite alliance partners-- Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-- over a host of issues, including Citizenship Act, National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship Amendment Act.
After his meeting with PM Modi, Thackeray said, "PM Modi promised extending all cooperation to Maharashtra government," adding, that there is "no friction" among alliance partners.
Despite NCP and Congress' stand on the CAA and NRC, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray extended his support to the two exercises last week.
"CAA and NRC both are different and NPR is different. No one has to worry if CAA gets implemented. NRC is not there and will not be implemented in the state," Thackeray said as quoted by ANI.
Shiv Sena and the BJP had a bitter fallout post assembly results in Maharashtra last year over the chief ministerial post. Sena joined hands with the arch-rivals Congress and NCP to form Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the western state.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who had a crucial role in bringing Sena and Congress together, said they will discuss the matter with Uddhav Thackeray's party and "will convince them."
Another disagreement in alliance is the Elgar Parishad case, which has been handed over to NIA (National Investigation Agency).
Pawar claimed the case was transferred the day state ministers met cops.
Shortly after Pawar's remarks, Thackeray tweeted that he will ensure a related probe into the Koregaon-Bhima violence is not taken over by the centre.
The Shiv Sena chief will also meet Congress Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and veteran BJP leader L K Advani.
(with ANI inputs)
Posted By: James Kuanal