14 Jun 2022

Aadtya Thackeray Went To Welcome PM Modi. Then

Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray suspended the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi today as he accompanied his father, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, to receive him. Sources close to the Minister of Environment, who also manages the portfolio of government protocols, said his identity had to be explained to the Special Protection Group before he was allowed to enter INS Shikra, Mumbai's airstrip in Colaba.
Sources said Thackeray Junior's name was not on the VIP list for the Prime Minister. Sources close to him said the minister had dismissed the matter, saying such exceptions were unusual.

The event, however, left Thackeray high, very upset. It was the Prime Minister who opposed the support of Aaditya Thackeray, stating that he was not only his son but also the protocol minister of Maharashtra and could accept the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister later shared the stage with PM Modi at two separate events. While Aaditya Thackeray attended one, she did not share the stage with PM Modi and the Prime Minister.

Uddhav Thackeray was one of the main critics of PM Modi and the BJP before breaking up their decades-long relationship after the 2019 provincial elections.

In April, the Prime Minister skipped the event where Prime Minister Modi was awarded the first Lata Mangeshkar award. Sena later said Mr Thackeray was not invited to the event despite having good relations with the Mangeshkar family.

From the INS Shikra, the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister drove to Raj Bhavan, where they participated in the opening of the Jal Bhushan Building and the rebel gallery.

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