Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday refused to meet senior BJP leader and state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungattiwar to hold talks on alliance between the ruling partners ahead of upcoming elections, indicating a further strain in already frayed ties between the two parties. According to the sources in the Sena, Mr Thackeray who returned to Mumbai after his visit to Japan, declined to hold talks with BJP on alliance and other issues, as well as refused to meet Mr Mungattiwar.
Mr Thackeray is reportedly angry over the recent murders of two Sainiks, Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Tubhe, in Ahmednagar district and also because the local police have booked many Sainiks instead of nabbing the real culprit who belongs to the BJP.
Another major cause for resentment is said to be the proposed Nanar refinery project in the Konkan region because Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made an announcement about this project without taking its alliance partner Shiv Sena into confidence.
A 15-member delegation of villagers recently met Mr Thackeray and urged him to stop implementation of the project as it would not only ruin their livelihoods but also pose a grave threat to environment.
Also, during the past four years of their rule, BJP on a number of occasions did not take the Sena into confidence while taking several decisions.
In view of being treated "unfairly", Mr Thackeray did not show any interest in holding talks with BJP, adding, that the senior Sena leaders were also against any tie-up with BJP.
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