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Inside Track: Ides of Jan

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The Thackeray family has a busy schedule this month. On January 25, Sanjay Raut’s film on Bal Thackeray is to be released with Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead. Mumbai theatre owners have been informally told that no other film should be released that weekend. On January 27, Amit Thackeray, son of Balasaheb’s nephew Raj, is getting married. Politicians across party lines have been invited, including feuding cousin Uddhav Thackeray and the BJP’s Nitin Gadkari, but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Within the same month, Uddhav has to decide whether the Sena will continue with the BJP. Uddhav is playing hardball and insists that if there is to be an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, an agreement should first be reached for the Assembly. Most Sena MPs are keen that the tie-up remains, since their seats are at stake. But Amit Shah made the possibility of a meeting ground even more difficult with his tough talk in Latur, threatening that allies who leave the NDA will be uprooted.

High table, high talk

The mood was buoyant at the dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi for party MPs at the end of the current........

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