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BJP at Sena door

Mumbai, March 11: Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh today telephoned Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who had made it clear he was upset with the BJP for reaching out to his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, Sena sources said.

“The BJP should clarify who is authorised in Maharashtra BJP to take decisions?” Uddhav had said. “If need arises, will you take anybody’s support... like (Arvind) Kejriwal.... Will they take support of the Congress also if needed?”

Raj, whom BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had met a few days earlier, has fielded candidates against the Sena but said he is supporting Modi for Prime Minister.

BJP state chief Devendra Fadnavis called on Uddhav in the afternoon, followed by the party’s Maharashtra in charge, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, in the evening. “We told the Sena that Devendra Fadnavis will take decisions at the state level and Rajnath Singh will take them at the national level. Uddhavji also spoke to the BJP president just now,” Rudy said.

Modi called later, the sources said.