Congress divided over Hindutva credentials of Shiv Sena

Despite opening up talks with the Shiv Sena for a power-sharing agreement, Congress appears to be divided over the ‘Hindutva’ credentials of its newest ally, particularly its views on Vinayak Savarkar and its role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

In the middle of this dilemma, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has set up a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday, during which a final view is expected to be taken on the formation of the grand coalition in Maharashtra.

While a section of the senior leaders, including A K Antony, have conveyed their staunch opposition to any tie-up with Shiv Sena, the leaders from Maharashtra have cited the Congress’ alliance with ‘communal’ Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala for decades together.

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