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Uddhav's remarks on Pawar's anti-BJP front appeal cause

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A day after Sharad Pawar appealed to all "like-minded" parties to build a common platform to fight the BJP in 2019 polls, today said "they shall see".

However, after channels played up his remarks saying 'Thackeray has indicated that he would consider Pawar's offer to join the Maha-gathbandhan', the Sena chief tonight issued a clarification stating he had made the remarks in a lighter vein to get rid of reporters.

Thackeray termed the reports attributed to him as "totally false".

"Some private channels have exaggerated my comments," a clarification issued by Sena quoted Thackeray as saying.

The Sena said when Thackeray was leaving after attending a meeting of Sena workers on upcoming legislative at in Bandra, he spotted some reporters from who were blocking his path while seeking his reaction on Pawar's remarks.

The Sena initially said that it was not right to talk while on the move and that he would speak later, according to the clarification.

"However, the from private channels stood in Thackeray's path and insisted on his reaction. To get rid of them Thackeray said in a jest that 'let offers come from everyone then we will see' and walked away," it said.

Sena said some news channels began flashing news that Thackeray had stated that he would consider the NCP chief's offer of joining the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance).

"The news is totally false and Thackeray has no intentions to this effect (to accept Pawar's proposal)...," the Sena said.

Speaking about building a common platform against the BJP before 2019 polls, the yesterday said in Pune, "All like-minded parties should come together. The NCP has already taken a lead to reach out to such parties".

Pawar also said that he was appealing to "all the like-minded parties barring the BJP" to approach Chief Election Commissioner for discarding EVMs and bringing back the old system (of paper ballot).

However, Pawar didn't take name of

The Sena, a bickering constituent of the BJP-led NDA government, has been repeately saying that the party would contest the upcoming polls on its own strength.

A day after called on Thackeray at the latter's residence in on June 6, Sena said his party's decision to contest the next Lok Sabha elections solo cannot be changed by the

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 23:30 IST