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Raj welcome back in Sena: Bal Thackeray
February 16, 2007 19:57 IST
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has extended an olive branch to estranged nephew Raj Thackeray, who had parted ways with the Shiv Sena over a year back to float his own outfit.
Bal Thackeray said Raj can return to the Sena, but wanted him to make the first move.
The Sena chief, however, made it clear that it all depended on how his son and Shiv Sena executive president Udhav Thckeray and Raj, who formed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, resolved issues between them.
In an interview to TimesNow, the senior Thackeray said former chief minister Narayan Rane was, however, not welcome back to the party fold.
Asked whether there can be a coming together in future, the Sena chief said, "I may think of Raj, but Mr Rane is not welcome. I will not try (to get Raj back), but if he wishes to, we will accept him back and not people like Narayan Rane."
Thackeray said he was still in touch with Raj. "Whenever I want to talk to him, he telephones me. What is wrong in that? Let us not mix up politics with relationships," he said.
On why Raj was welcome, Thackeray said, "Whatever the politics, ours is a blood relation. You cannot afford to be that cruel because of politics. At least, that is not my nature."
Thackeray said the reunion could happen if matters are resolved between cousins Udhav and Raj. "It all depends upon the youngsters today, how they amicably solve the thing," he said.