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After Shiv Sena rebellion, Thackeray was ready to join BJP if rebels defeat Shinde: Rebel leader Kesarkar

After the rebellion in the Shiv Sena, party leader Uddhav Thackeray is ready to form an alliance with the BJP if dissidents in Maharashtra oust rebel leader Eknath Shinde, a proposal that rebel MLAs and the National Saffron Organization cannot accept, legislator Deepak Kesarkar said on Friday. . Kesarkar, a spokesperson for the rebel wing of Shiv Sena MLAs led by Chief Minister Shinde, also said that Thackeray had planned to step down as Maharashtra Chief Minister last year after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

For Thackeray, who resigned as chief minister on June 29 following a rebellion in the Shiv Sena, Kesarkar said his relationship with Modi was more important than holding the top post. The Sena’s Thackeray camp sought to make light of Kesarkar’s comments, saying he was making self-contradictory statements and was “confused” after being appointed as a spokesperson.

Kesarkar said he approached Thackeray again through a negotiator between the BJP and the party after 39 MLAs (now 40) rebelled in favor of Shinde, the rebel leader who is now chief minister. Shiv Sena. Thackeray, however, said he was ready to form an alliance with the BJP if the rebels left Shinde and returned to the party, which he said was not accepted by the disaffected MLAs and the BJP.

He said why Sena leaders, especially Aditya Thackeray, had incited party workers against rebel MLAs when even Thackeray was ready to join hands with the BJP.” When I left for Assam (Guwahati after the June 21 revolt), I contacted one of them. (Thackarey and BJP between) involved in these talks. I sent him to meet Uddhav Saheb. He was told that let’s forget what happened, time should come together. “At that time Uddhav Saheb said ‘You (BJP) dump Shinde and we are ready for an alliance. Neither the BJP nor the MLAs accepted this. Because that would have been inappropriate. The rest is history,” said Kesarkar.

Ten days after raising the flag of rebellion in the Shiv Sena, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30 with the support of the BJP. Kesarkar said many Shiv Sena leaders were “appalled” by dragging BJP MP and Union minister Narayan Rane on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and trying to “tarnish” the image of Uddhav Thackeray’s son and then cabinet minister Aditya Thackeray. case.

A rebel camp spokesperson said that he had established contact with Modi and started communication. ) but it was felt that he needed more time to convince his party workers,” he said, adding that Thackeray’s wife Rashmi, Sena leaders Anil Desai, Subhash Desai, Milind Narvekar and Shinde were aware of the development.

In June last year, Thackeray met Modi along with then deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Congress minister Ashok Chavan. In the past, Modi has referred to Thackeray as his younger brother.

A dozen BJP MLAs from the Maharashtra Assembly were suspended for one year for unruly behavior in July 2021 following a Thackeray-Prime Minister meeting in New Delhi, further straining relations between former allies Shiv Sena and the BJP. In opposition. Later, talks stalled after Thackeray’s beat Rane was inducted into the Union cabinet, which upset the Sena chief, Kesarkar said.

Talks did not go further because of “ego” issues, Kesarkar later said. Throughout the negotiations, he kept Shinde, who was a member of Thackeray’s cabinet, updated about developments, Kesarkar said.

A spokesperson of the rebel Sena camp said that Shinde had met Thackeray several times to mend ties with the BJP. Reacting to Kesarkar’s claims, Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande, a member of the Thackeray camp, said, “Every day he reveals something new. He is confused by contradicting himself.”

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