Mumbai : Nitin Gadkari’s meeting with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief may have given him a few eyeballs, but the fact is Raj Thackeray, the president of MNS has been buying time.

On Thursday, Farmers’ Workers Party president, Jayant Patil and a former minister of Nationalist Congress Party, Vinay Kore met Thackeray for nearly over an hour. This also indicates that another NCP leader and legislator, Vinayak Mete is likely to join MNS, after the government failed to pass the bill on Maratha reservations before Lok Sabha elections.

The meeting centred around formation of a third front, to counter the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janta Party alliances. Another leader Apurva Hire, from Nashik too met with Thackeray,  Patil and Kore. Sources close to Thackeray said, “This meeting lasted for over one and a half hour. It was a closed door intense meeting where only these leaders met Rajsaheb. However, nothing has been made public,” said the MNS source.

It is being said that Thackeray will reveal his cards only on MNS foundation day, which is Sunday, March 9.

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