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Sena dismisses Joshi’s musings on reunion with BJP

Mumbai: A day after former chief minister and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi predicted that the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party may reunite in the near future, the party (Sena) rejected it outright as “his personal views”, here on Wednesday.

Senior leader and deputy chairperson of the Maharashtra legislative council Neelam Gorhe  said in a statement that there’s “absolutely no basis” to Joshi’s comments.

“It is not the party’s official stand, it may be his personal view only,” Gorhe said, even as the  party leadership was taken aback by the senior Joshi’s sudden remarks yesterday, which sowed  doubts in the minds of its allies Congress-Nationalist Congress Party.

She made it clear that the BJP’s strategy of ‘finishing off its allies’ was not acceptable to the Shiv  Sena, and “the emotions of his generation of senior leaders was understandable”.

Among other things, Joshi mentioned that the Sena-BJP may come together in the foreseeable  future and party chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would take the decision in the  matter at an appropriate time.

 It is not that the two parties have separated permanently and they could yet come together if  they stop fighting on trivial issues, learn to tolerate and work jointly for mutual benefits, Joshi  urged.

Coming when the Congress was apparently upset with the Sena stand in Lok Sabha on the  citizenship (amendment) bill, Joshi’s latest utterances virtually sent the fortnight old Maha  Vikas Aghadi of Sena-NCP-Congress into a spin, barely days before the upcoming winter  session of Maharashtra Legislature next week. In fact, a senior Congress leader Naseem Khan even accused the Sena of unilaterally going  against the MVA’s common minimum programme with its unilateral decision to support the  CAB.

 However, after Thackeray’s statement last night, the Sena has apparently reviewed its stand on the CAB, as indicated by party MP Sanjay Raut today, despite facing ridicule by the state  opposition BJP leaders.

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