Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday termed senior BJP leader LK Advani's decision to quit all party posts as "painful".

"(Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray has said that the contribution of Advani and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in building the party was invaluable for both BJP and the NDA," Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

"One cannot think of NDA or the BJP without Advani-ji," Raut quoted Uddhav as saying.

“We all will try to persuade Advani (to withdraw his resignation),” Raut said.      

"Mr Advani is one of the tallest leaders in the NDA and the Bharatiya Janata Party. His guidance is of utmost importance to the NDA. It (his resignation) is certainly a cause of concern. And we would definitely want the BJP to address the issue," Sena leader Rahul Narvekar said.

(Agencies)

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