Mumbai: Shiv Sena today called Nitin Gadkari an astute “businessman” adept at setting up deals after the BJP leader reached out to rival MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and it also ruled out expanding the Opposition's grand alliance.
Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, who is said to be upset over the recent meeting between Gadkari and Raj, targeted the former BJP President in an editorial of his party mouthpiece ‘Saamana'.
“Gadkari is so skilled that without offering any ‘dakshina' (money offered for one's services) to the MNS chief, he has sought his support.
There is no doubt in the mind of the people of Maharashtra that Gadkari is an adept businessman. In the field of politics also, he has developed a skill to get whatever he wants without investing any capital,” Uddhav was quoted as saying in ‘Saamana'.
Gadkari, who enjoys a good rapport with Raj, had met him at a suburban five-star hotel two days back, triggering speculation that BJP was trying to win over the MNS chief into NDA for upcoming elections even as he said there was no reason for Shiv Sena to be annoyed by his meeting with Raj.