Shiv Sena rues breakdown in communication with BJP, blames 'generational shift' in party

Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday admitted to a virtual breakdown in communication with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national leadership.

File image of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

File image of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

He attributed this mainly to a "generational shift" in the BJP — with which the Sena is allied both in the central and Maharashtra governments. Seasoned BJP leaders have been replaced by a younger lot, he said.

In the second of a three-part interview published on Monday in the party's mouthpiece Saamana ahead of his 56th birthday on Wednesday, Thackeray spoke at length with executive editor and MP Sanjay Raut.

"There was a time when then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to regularly call up and discuss issues with the late Shiv Sena President Bal Thackeray," he said. "Then there were Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde who continued to connect the Sena and BJP at the Centre. Such great individuals are no more."

He pointed out that the elder generation in the BJP, comprising people like Vajpayee, Advani and others, was out of politics.

"The generation changed and the new dispensation got power very quickly. But after stabilising in office, they should look for open dialogue," Thackeray said.

The Sena chief, however, added that he enjoyed a rapport with Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2016 13:37 PM

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