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Sena embarrassed as Union minister Geete turns up at BJP's

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The was today left red-faced after party leader and joined his BJP colleagues who observed a day-long fast in in protest against the washout of the recent Budget session of Parliament by opposition parties.

Participation of Geete, the only in the Centre, in the protest comes on a day the Sena in party mouthpiece "Saamana" attacked the BJP-led over "unabated" spate of suicides by farmers, and what it called "competing hunger strikes" by the and the BJP.

Alarmed by the presence of Geete, who handles Heavy Industries portfolio, Sena leaders called up who is currently abroad, sources said.

According to sources, Geete exited the venue after receiving a call from the

However, before leaving the place, Geete had shared dais with BJP ministers Vijay Goel, Suresh Prabhu, and others.

When asked about his presence at the venue, Geete clarified that he went there in his capacity as a Union minister.

The Sena, a recalcitrant ally of the BJP in the state and the Central governments, has been trying to build a narrative against and the BJP over a host of issues, including suicides by farmers.

While and Maharashtra Chief Minister appeared to have tried to coax Sena to not break the alliance for the 2019 polls, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party seemed to have rebuffed the rapprochement bid.

Recently, Fadnavis told in an interview that the Sena's adamant stand on seat-sharing had ruptured the ties between both the parties ahead of 2014 state assembly polls.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 22:20 IST