Fadnavis said he cannot speculate on the meeting between the PM and Thackeray, an estranged ally of the BJP, as he had no information about it. The Shiv Sena, headed by Thackeray, walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after it fell out with the BJP over sharing the post of chief minister after the Maharashtra assembly elections threw up a hung verdict in October 2019. The Sena then joined hands with the NCP and the Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) which came to power in November 2019. “Maharashtra has always been on the agenda of the Union government. The prime minister is always positive towards Maharashtra (and its issues),” Fadnavis said. “I welcome such a meeting with the prime minister. They help in developing coordination between the Centre and the state. We have always maintained that the state should maintain good relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said. When asked about the meeting of the Thackeray-led delegation with the PM, Fadnavis said, “It is good that the chief minister met the prime minister with a delegation over various issues, as there is a precedent of pointing fingers at the Union government for every problem in Maharashtra”. Queried about the chances of Thackeray and the PM setting aside their political differences, Fadnavis said, “Politics generally starts few months before the elections and one cannot stop it. On other days, coordination between the state and the Centre helps the state. If a proper role is played at right time, Maharashtra will benefit for sure”. Commenting on the issue of the Maratha reservation, which was struck down by the Supreme Court, he said, “It would be premature to expect anything concrete out of today’s meeting”. He said the Bhosale committee report has recommended the state to set up a backward commission and prepare a report. The state has to submit a report and take further action. But, meeting on such issues is also good”.
Source: Economic Times