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BJP chief pays tributes to Bal Thackeray; to meet Uddhav

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

chief today landed in on a three-day visit and headed straight for where he paid floral tributes to founder Bal Thackeray, a gesture seen as an attempt to smooth the ruffled feathers of his party's oldest saffron ally.

Political observers are attaching special significance to Shah paying a visit to Bal Thackeray's memorial as it came days after the Sena warned of taking an "independent stand" on backing a candidate in the presidential


Shah's earlier visit to as president did not include a trip to

"Shah is also visiting 'Matoshree', the Thackerays' residence, on Sunday to meet Sena president

The chief's upcoming meeting with Thackeray comes amid repeated attack by the Sena on its senior ally and Prime Minister Modi over a host of issues including the Army's surgical strike, farm loan waiver and amid the talk of a possible snap assembly poll in

The had backed Congress's presidential nominees--Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee-- against official NDA candidates in the last two elections.

Shah landed here this morning as part of his extensive tour programme of various states to expand BJP's footprint.

After coming out of the airport, Shah accepted the greetings of workers who had gathered outside. The president then visited to offer floral tributes to Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, B R Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar and

He also interacted with some editors and is scheduled to formally address the media tomorrow.

Shah also met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and ministers in the government, besides party MPs, MLAs and state unit office bearers.

Tomorrow, Shah would meet the core committee members of the state unit.

On Sunday, he will attend a meeting in connection with Deendayal Upadhyaya's birth centenary year celebrations. Upadhyaya was one of the tallest leaders of Bhartiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of He will also review the progress of various programmes aimed at strengthening the party at the booth level.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 21:07 IST
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