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New Delhi, February 21, 2020
Amid a growing rift between the Shiv Sena and its ideologically opposite alliance partners -- the Congress and the NCP, Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday.
It was the first official meeting between Modi and Uddhav Thackeray since he walked out of the NDA alliance and took over as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The Sena chief was accompanied by his son Aaditya Thackeray.
Shiv Sena posted a photo of the meeting on its official Twitter handle. It said: "CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray & Minster @AUThackeray had a courtesy meeting with the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi ji in Delhi today."
Dispelling political speculation, Sena leader Sanjay Raut earlier tweeted, "Yes, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will meet PM Modi. This is only a meeting, nothing else should be read into it. Jai Maharashtra."
Last year, after the Maharashtra election, the Shiv Sena walked out of the BJP-led NDA and formed a government with the help of the NCP and the Congress. This happened after the BJP refused to share the Chief Ministerial post with the Sena.