Nitin Gadkari snubs Uddhav Thackeray’s invite, calls it ‘immature, ridiculous’ amid BJP’s Maharashtra seat-sharing talks

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari rejected Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's invitation to join the Maha Vikas Aghadi, calling it ‘immature and ridiculous’.

Written By Fareha Naaz
Published13 Mar 2024, 02:57 PM IST
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, while dismissing Uddhav Thackeray's invite, has said the BJP has a system of selecting candidates for the elections.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, while dismissing Uddhav Thackeray’s invite, has said the BJP has a system of selecting candidates for the elections.(ANI)

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari rejected Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray's invitation to join his party and termed it as "immature and ridiculous", while speaking at a rally in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district on Tuesday, March 12.

Uddhav Thackeray, while extending the invite again, had urged Nitin Gadkari to leave the BJP if he felt that he was being “insulted” and said that the opposition in Maharashtra would ensure his victory in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “I had told Gadkari this two days ago, and I am repeating it again. If you are being insulted, leave the BJP and join the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). We will ensure your victory,” Uddhav Thackeray stated, as per a PTI report.

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Uddhav Thackeray, who mocked the BJP leader, said his party would make Gadkari a minister when his government comes to power, and it would be a post with powers. The Shiv Sena leader said people like (former Congress leader) Kripashankar Singh, whom the BJP once targeted (over alleged corruption), figured on the saffron party's first list of candidates along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but Nitin Gadkari's name was missing.

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Nitin Gadkari, while dismissing Uddhav Thackeray's suggestion, has said the BJP has a system of selecting candidates for the elections and that the Shiv Sena (UBT) leader need not worry about the saffron party leaders. He stated, "The suggestion of Thackeray is immature and ridiculous. There is a system of giving tickets to candidates in BJP," reported PTI.

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In Maharashtra, the opposition MVA comprises the Sharad Pawar-led NCP (SP), the Shiv Sena (UBT) and the Congress.

Nitin Gadkari stated that Uddhav Thackeray's invite came much before the BJP's discussion on the distribution of tickets in Maharashtra ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

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Last week, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mocked the Shive Sena (UBT) chief while responding to the offer extended to Nitin Gadkari to contest as a candidate of the opposition. He said that it was like a man in the street offering someone the US president's post.

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Devendra Fadnavis noted that Nitin Gadkari is a prominent leader of the BJP and his name was excluded from the first list as seat-sharing discussions between the BJP and its allies were not complete and the list did not have names from Maharashtra.

(With inputs from PTI)

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