The Janata Dal (United)’s decision to snap ties with its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party after 17 years is good news for Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Shiv Sena executive president has been offered the post of NDA convenor, a position which was earlier held by Sharad Yadav, said highly-placed sources.
The prestigious post was offered to Thackeray at his residence, Matoshree, during a meeting with BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Tuesday night. According to sources, the details of the meeting were kept under wraps and was part of an exercise to keep the NDA alliance together. The BJP has been trying its best to keep all its allies together, after the JD(U) snapped ties with it. Shiv Sena is one of its natural allies owing to their common stand on Hindutva.
Thackeray assured the BJP chief that he would consider the proposal and would convey his decision soon, said sources, adding that BJP leaders think he will accept the post, as this would finally be his ticket into national politics.
Thackeray addressing his party men on Wednesday at Shanmukhanand Hall vouched his commitment to Hindutva. “We will not move away from Hindutva,” he told them.