Rahul Gandhi tweets wishes to Uddhav Thackeray on his 58th birthday; Congress says there's no need to read into gesture

Congress president Rahul Gandhi's birthday wishes to Uddhav Thackeray for the first time come days after he hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Press Trust of India July 27, 2018 15:56:55 IST
Rahul Gandhi tweets wishes to Uddhav Thackeray on his 58th birthday; Congress says there's no need to read into gesture

Mumbai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday wished Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on his 58th birthday, raising eyebrows in political circles.

"Best wishes to Shri Uddhav Thackeray ji, on his birthday. I wish him good health and happiness always," Rahul tweeted on Friday morning.

Reacting to it, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Uddhavji gets birthday greetings from all over the country and outside. This time, he (Rahul) has openly greeted him on Twitter."

Rahul Gandhi tweets wishes to Uddhav Thackeray on his 58th birthday Congress says theres no need to read into gesture

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter@INCIndia

Rahul's birthday wishes to Thackeray for the first time come days after he hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

A Congress source said, "The gesture (birthday greetings) can also be seen as an effort to prove that he can go beyond political rivalry to built personal relations."

State Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said, "Rahul Gandhi has greeted the head of another political party. Nothing more should be read into this."

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, despite being an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre, has been a vocal critic of Modi, the government and the BJP.

However, in the no-confidence vote brought against the government recently by the Telugu Desam Party and supported by various opposition parties, the Sena MPs in the Lok Sabha had stayed away from voting.

Meanwhile, Modi and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also greeted the Sena chief on the occasion.

"Birthday wishes to Shri Uddhav Thackeray. May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life in service of society," the prime minister tweeted.

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