Maharashtra: Nitin Gadkari takes a sudden flight to Nagpur as time runs out
Mumbai : Nitin Gadkari cancelled all his appointments for Thursday as he boarded a flight to Nagpur, signaling a dispute in negotiations between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of government formation in Maharashtra.
According a report, Nitin Gadkari will be meeting Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP's ideological mentor.
Gadkari confirmed NDTV about his sudden flight and said that he will be meeting a group of people to discuss the current political situation in Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on the other hand, will be meeting the Maharashtra Governor today.
Recently, Shiv Sena had raised demands to bring Nitin Gadkari to the negotiations over their demand of 50-50 sharing of the Chief Minister's post.
Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut has denied any meeting or talks between his party chief Uddhav Thackeray and Mohan Bhagwat.
The Shiv Sena, which refers to Devendra Fadnavis as "outgoing chief minister", is not that strongly opposed to Nitin Gadkari, a veteran Maharashtra leader. Gadkari, who was a minister in an earlier BJP-Sena government in Maharashtra, was close to Sena founder Bal Thackeray and has reportedly maintained cordial ties with his son Uddhav Thackeray.
The deadline to claim stake to form the government in Maharashtra will end on Friday (November 8).