Sena-BJP alliance must be intact: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari. PTI

Amid the war of words between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in the wake of twin bypolls, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the alliance is on the principles of Hindutva and it must continue.

"There may be differences, but the Shiv Sena and the BJP cannot live without each other," the senior BJP leader said.

Gadkari said that the alliance was made firm by the late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.

"They were together on the issue of Hindutva and there was no ideological differences," he said, adding, "In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies". 

Speaking about former President Pranab Mukherjee's acceptance to attend an RSS function, the Union minister said, "The RSS is an organisation of nationalists and not the ISI of Pakistan."

He said that it is a healthy start and political untouchability is not good.

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