Days after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut met former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – a gathering described as “not politics” – Mr Raut appeared to make a U-turn, referring to that assembly and asking “is it a sin to discuss politics?”
“Is it a sin to discuss politics? If two political leaders meet they discuss issues related to the country – farm Bills, J&K, China, Pakistan and COVID-19,” Mr Raut informed reporters in Mumbai in the present day.
Earlier in the present day Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil made an analogous remark, saying: “If top leaders of two different political parties meet, political discussions do take place. If they sat together for two-and-a-half hours, they didn’t discuss tea-biscuits,” Mr Patil stated.
“But it was inconclusive,” he added.
Friday’s assembly between Mr Raut and Mr Fadnavis – at a luxurious lodge in a Mumbai suburb – was the primary since their acrimonious cut up final yr. The former allies broke up after disagreements over power-sharing following their victory in final yr’s Assembly election.
After that assembly Mr Raut stated the 2 had met for an interview in “Saamana” – the Sena mouthpiece for which he’s Executive Editor.
“I met Fadnavis for his interview for “Saamana“. This was pre-decided. Even Uddhav Thackeray was conscious of this,” he informed reporters, including, cryptically, that Mr Fadnavis was not “our enemy”.
Maharashtra BJP chief spokesperson Keshav Upadhye additionally posted on social media that there was no political angle to the assembly.
The Sena and the BJP contested the state election as allies however fell out over easy methods to kind authorities collectively, with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena insisting on a larger share of ministries.
The Sena lastly broke off ties with the BJP and fashioned a authorities with two rivals – Sharad Pawar’s NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) and the Congress.
On Saturday, a day after Mr Raut and Mr Fadnavis met, Sharad Pawar met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
News company PTI, quoting unnamed sources, stated the 2 might have mentioned plans to additional ease Covid restrictions in place throughout Maharashtra – the worst-affected state within the nation.
With enter from PTI, ANI