Maharashtra crisis: Rebel Eknath Shinde’s 10-minute telephone conversation with Uddhav Thackeray


Mumbai, June 22

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde had on Monday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to renew the party’s alliance with the BJP, a senior Shiv Sena leader claimed.

The leader said Thackeray had sent his confidant Milind Narvekar and Shinde’s aide Ravindra Phatak to Surat to talk to the rebel leader, who has been camping there since Monday night along with other Shiv Sena MLAs. The leader said that a call was made to Thackeray from Surat.

“The chief minister also had a telephonic conversation with Shinde, during which Shinde asked him to renew ties with the BJP and break the alliance with the Congress and the NCP,” the leader said.

Thackeray’s reaction to Shinde’s demand is not known, the leader said.