Mumbai, 05 July. If political gestures from the BJP and the Shivasena are any indication, something is definitely brewing between the now estranged allies. Day after former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadanavis hinted warming ties between the former allies, Shivasena MP Sanjay Raut said that the saffron party has never been his party’s enemy. Instead, there is still a friendship between both the parties, although the two parties are unlikely to come together.
Referring to actor Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao’s divorce, Raut said, “Look at them now. Even though they have decided to part their ways, they are still friends. Same is the case with us.”
Raut said, “Fadnavis has said that there is no enmity between Shiv Sena and BJP. Of course we have differences, but that doesn’t mean we are enemies. We are not India and Pakistan. Meetings and discussions still take place between us. The only thing is that our political course are different”.
However, he clarified that the two parties may never come together again. “This friendship does not mean that Shiv Sena and BJP will come together again. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government will complete its five-year term,” he said.
The statements of the two leaders come amid reports of turmoil in the MVA government (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) over the past few days and may have deep political meaning. Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s long meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had triggered a tsunami of speculations. However, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and several other leaders of the coalition government have rubbished speculations and expressed confidence that their government is stronger than ever.