Devendra Fadnavis meets Raj Thackeray ahead of Mumbai municipal elections

Earlier this month, Raj Thackeray praised Devendra Fadnavis for setting an example of party loyalty.

Mumbai:

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray in Mumbai on Friday.

The meeting, which is currently underway, is taking place at ‘Shivtirtha’, Mr Thackeray’s residence in Dadar, central Mumbai.

The MNS chief had undergone hip replacement surgery at Lilavati Hospital last month. This is Mr. Fadnavis’ first visit to Mr. Thackeray after the operation.

Earlier this month, Mr Thackeray had written an open letter to Mr Fadnavis, congratulating him on setting an example of party loyalty and commitment by taking over as Deputy Minister in head of state, despite being the favorite for the top job.

The meeting between the two leaders is significant in view of the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections and the imminent expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet led by Eknath Shinde.

Mr Shinde, who rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership with the majority of party MPs, was sworn in as chief minister on June 30, a day after the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Fadnavis was sworn in as his deputy.

The MNS, which has one MP, had backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in last month’s elections to the Rajya Sabha as well as the state Legislative Council seats.

The BJP’s victory in those crucial polls, which saw its candidates gain more votes than it has, came just before the Shiv Sena rebellion that led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.

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