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BJP, Sena have to come together: Gadkari

A day after the BMC polls threw up a fractured verdict, senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Friday said there was “no option” for his party and the Shiv Sena but to join hands for control of the Mumbai civic body.

“The situation now is that both parties have no option but to come together again,” Gadkari said. “The final decision on this issue has to be taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. Both are mature and I am sure they will take the right decision,” he said.

“I feel leaders of both parties have to take a decision, showing sujh bujh (understanding) and maturity,” Gadkari told a Marathi TV channel.

He criticised Sena mouthpiece Saamana for targeting PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. “How will there be friendship when Saamana, on a daily basis, writes insulting things about the PM and our party president?” he said.

“I feel that had these things been avoided, there would not have been so much bitterness between BJP and Sena,” Gadkari said.

Gadkari’s remarks came a day after the BJP scored an emphatic win in the Maharashtra civic polls, emerging as the largest party in eight of the 10 municipal corporations, while finishing a close second to Shiv Sena in BMC elections.

The BJP improved its 2012 BMC poll performance by leaps and bounds, winning 82 seats, just two less than Sena. Both the parties are short of the magic figure of 114 needed to control the civic body.

The BJP also led the seat tally in elections to 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis in Maharashtra, which have traditionally been strongholds of Congress and NCP.  An Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader, celebrating victory in the civic poll, and eight party workers were injured when they were allegedly attacked by a mob in Kurla, police said on Friday.

MNS victor injured in attack

MNS candidate Sanjay Turde was returning home after celebrations when around 100 people armed with rods and sticks arrived at his office in Kurla around 10.30 p.m. on Thursday. The mob apparently comprised persons from rival parties, a police official said.

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