IN AN unprecedented confidence building measure, the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress are conducting ‘cross-meetings’ with the legislators of their parties in the proposed ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ here on Sunday, party sources said. For starters, NCP President Sharad Pawar met his party legislators at Hotel Renaissance along with Nawab Malik, and were later joined by Shiv Sena senior leaders like Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde. Later, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and party MP Sanjay Raut and Milind Narvekar met the NCP legislators and addressed them.
The Sena was helping the NCP and Congress to keep their flock together, they said. The Shiv Sena’s trade unions have a robust presence in several of the city’s top hotels. Thereafter, Pawar, Thackeray and their party leaders would proceed to Hotel JW Marriot to meet and speak with the Congress legislators put up there. A similar exercise is likely to be taken up with the Sena legislators at a deluxe hotel to complete the process of sending ‘right signals’ to them, the sources said.
“This exercise is necessary to assuage the doubts and anxieties among the legislators in view of Saturday’s political developments leading to utter confusion and dismay among these elected representatives,” said a Sena source, requesting anonymity.