BJP President Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray 

The BJP has said the meeting is in connection with its Sampark for Samarthan campaign being led by Shah in the run up to next year's Lok Sabha polls.

Published: 06th June 2018 09:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2018 09:26 PM   |  A+A-

BJP national President Amit Shah (File | EPS)

By PTI

MUMBAI: BJP president Amit Shah today met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray here for a meeting which is seen with much significance since the two allies have been bickering for quite some time.

Shah, accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, met Thackeray at the latter's residence Matoshree.

The BJP has said the meeting is in connection with its Sampark for Samarthan (contact for support) campaign being led by Shah in the run up to next year's Lok Sabha polls.

However, the meeting is being seen with much significance as the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been bickering despite being allies at the central and state level.

The two allies contested the May 28 bypolls to Palghar Lok Sabha constituency of Maharashtra separately and engaged in a bitter campaign against each other.

The Shiv Sena has particularly been upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has repeatedly attacked him.

After facing defeat in the Palghar bypolls at the hands of the BJP, the Shiv Sena labelled the ally party as its "biggest political enemy".

Even yesterday, the Sena questioned the "need" for the meeting between Shah and Thackeray "after a gap of four years" (since the Modi government was formed).

The Shiv Sena has also already declared that it will go alone in the 2019 general elections.

The two parties were allies for over two-and-half decades before they severed ties ahead of the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly polls, only to join hands later to form government under the leadership of Fadnavis in the state.

In today's editorial in party mouthpiece "Saamna", Shiv Sena questioned the BJP's outreach programme after suffering defeat in bypolls in various states.

The editorial maintained that the Sena will fight all the upcoming elections alone.

"The prime minister is touring the world and BJP chief Amit Shah is going around the country as part of their 'sampark' programme.

Shah will be meeting NDA allies.

However, what exactly will he do? Why is he meeting at this juncture when the BJP has suffered defeat in bypolls," the Sena asked in an editorial.

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