Modi is Gujarat’s luck: Shiv Sena

Stating that it was Gujarat’s luck to have a “strong and powerful leader” like Narendra Modi,the Shiv Sena has said it was necessary for Maharashtra and its neighbours,Gujarat and Karnataka to unite in their demand for space in national politics.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 29, 2009 12:27 am

Stating that it was Gujarat’s luck to have a “strong and powerful leader” like Narendra Modi,the Shiv Sena has said it was necessary for Maharashtra and its neighbours,Gujarat and Karnataka to unite in their demand for space in national politics.

Advising Maharashtra,Gujarat and Karnataka to come together and fight for their rights in Delhi,an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece,‘Saamna’,on Saturday,said that “Maharashtra and Gujarat must especially stay together.”

Gujarat has a powerful leader in Modi and “that’s why no one dares to look at Gujarat with an evil eye”,it said. The editorial said that Modi had become a power centre (independent of the party). “Our ally may not like this statement,but telling the truth is our occupation,” the editorial added.

It rued that other than the late Pramod Mahajan,no leader from Maharashtra had been able to carve out a niche in New Delhi. The editorial also took a dig at NCP president and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar by stating that the Congress had forced him to bury his Prime Ministerial ambitions by asking for a declaration to support incumbent Manmohan Singh’s claim for the post.

The editorial also pointed out that national politics was being dominated by regional parties. Referring to the SP-RJD-LJP tie up and the PMK’s decision to split from the UPA,the editorial said “there is selfishness in it,but the element of regional pride is also manifesting itself”.

The editorial said that while regional parties were fortifying themselves in their respective states,those clamouring for national integration were not speaking against it,but were instead praising the “third and fourth fronts that were coming up”. When the Sena speaks about the rights of Maharashtrians or the need for a Maharashtrian to become the Prime Minister,these very people (leaders from the North and South) oppose it,the editorial said.

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