On Thursday, Uddhav Thackeray, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and leader of the Shiv Sena (UBT), shot down rumours that he had met with Devendra Fadnavis, a former ally who is now the Deputy Chief Minister, at Vidhan Bhavan, saying that they had "merely exchanged hello." "Not all meetings are held with good intentions. While entering the legislature, Devendra Fadnavis and I only exchanged a few hellos and didn't engage in any meaningful conversation,” said Uddhav Thackeray.
"Unlike now, when it is thought that discussions held behind closed doors are more productive, the political climate used to be more open. So, if we ever meet behind closed doors, we'll let you know right away", and Thackeray. Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena
(UBT), came to Vidhan Bhavan earlier on Thursday morning and greeted the gathered media. Thackeray, a member of the Legislative Council (MLC), had come to attend a meeting of the Marathi Language department.
Since the united Shiv Sena severed its partnership with the Bharatiya Janata Party following the 2019 Assembly elections over sharing of the chief ministerial tenure, Fadnavis, and Thackeray have been bitter rivals. With the assistance of the Congress
and Nationalist Congress Party, Thackeray then established a government in the state.
After Thackeray's Maha Vikas Aghadi government was overthrown by Eknath Shinde's uprising in June of last year, tensions between the two leaders grew. Shinde then became Chief Minister with the BJP
's support. In a previous statement, Fadnavis claimed that by securing the fall of the MVA government, he had exacted revenge on Thackeray. Fadnavis and Thackeray descended from their cars at the outside gate and proceeded to the entry jointly instead of driving directly to the porch of the main door as is customary for all ministers and MLAs.
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