The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, Mr. Sharad Pawar, on Tuesday denied any rift with ally Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and said his meeting with him last meeting was nothing more than 'routine'.
'There is no threat to the Maharashtra government. All MLAs are with us,' the veteran leader and a key architect of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, said.
Mr. Uddhav Thackeray and Mr.Pawar met at the Chief Minister's Mumbai home 'Matoshree' as many speculated about strained ties over the coronavirus crisis and a lockdown exit strategy for the state worst hit by the pandemic.
Mr Pawar had suggested that Maharashtra should reopen gradually and wind down its indefinite shutdown to restart economic activities. Mr Pawar, reports suggest, has been unhappy at Mr Thackeray's reluctance to end the lockdown and actively explore his suggestions.