New Delhi: All is well between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, it seems. Just days after BJP leader Nitin Gadkari met Raj Thackeray, the chief of MNS - Shiv Sena's rival - both BJP and Sena scrambled to portray a united front.
"I met Uddhavji at Matoshree. I conveyed to him that the Sena was a natural and trusted ally of the BJP," Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis said.
"There is no issue between the BJP and the Shiv Sena. We had sent a message to the BJP through our editorial. The BJP has now clarified that we are their trusted ally," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
The message Raut was referring to was in fact, a warning, sources said. A warning to the BJP that the Sena will contest from all 48 seats if it did not clarify its position on the MNS.
The BJP was quick to calm the ruffled feathers. It said its cadres will work only for Mahayuti - the alliance between BJP, Sena, RPI and other regional parties.
Not only that, BJP will also send its Maharashtra in-charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy to Mumbai on Tuesday to meet Uddhav.
The Sena had earlier blamed the MNS of trying to split their alliance.
"The efforts of some to break the alliance and split the Hindu vote has gone in vain. There were differences at times as well, but the alliance survived all that," Shiv Sena leader Rahul Narvekar said.
"We are looking forward to the elections and what happened before is being put behind us. We will be contesting the elections with the BJP," he added.