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Chimur seat: Munde to meet Thackeray
October 06, 2006 12:33 IST
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde will meet Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Friday against the backdrop of the tension prevailing in the two parties over the claim on Chimur seat.
The two alliance partners Sena-BJP were at loggerheads, and fissures were evident in 22-year-old Shiv Sena-BJP alliance over the issue of claiming the seat of Chimur in Vidarbha, vacated by sitting Sena legislator Vijay Vadettiwar, a Narayan Rane supporter, after he resigned from the House and joined the Congress recently.
The bypoll is scheduled to be held soon. Both the Sena and BJP had staked their claim for the seat in the bypoll.
The Chimur seat is claimed by both the allied parties and still no decision has been taken.
Munde meanwhile said that BJP has continued its claim on the Chimur seat and the party is ready to give another seat to Shiv Sena in the next Assembly elections which are due in 2009.
On the other hand, taking the tough stand, Uddhav Thackeray had said that there was no question of giving up the claim on Chimur. To substantiate his stand, the Sena has organised a public rally on October 12 at Chimur.
However, Munde was optimistic of working out an amicable solution on this issue. He clarified that the tension between the alliance on this issue would not affect local bodies elections and the alliance would continue in most of the places including the prestigious Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.