Modi wave faded, Rahul capable of leading country: Shiv Sena MP

Sena, the oldest constituent of the NDA, shares a 'blow hot-blow cold' relationship with its senior ally, the BJP, in the Centre and Maharashtra.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: October 26, 2017 10:22 pm

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country and stressed that the Narendra Modi wave has faded, a statement that is not likely to go down well with the BJP. The anger among people in Gujarat against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indication that the BJP would face a stiff challenge in polls, scheduled to be held in December, he said.

Raut was addressing a discussion on a TV channel. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country. It is wrong to call him ‘Pappu’,” he said referring to the nickname used to mock the Congress vice-president by a section on social media.

State Education Minister and senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde was also present at the event.

“The biggest political power in this country is people… the voters. ‘Woh kisi ko bhi Pappu bana sakte hai’ (People can make anyone pappu),” the Sena leader said in an apparent dig at the BJP which had secured a massive mandate in 2014 polls.

Sena, the oldest constituent of the NDA, shares a ‘blow hot-blow cold’ relationship with its senior ally, the BJP, in the Centre and Maharashtra.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has been attacking Prime Minister Modi regularly and has often taken potshots at the BJP through editorials in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”.

Raut’s comments came a day after the schedule for Gujarat polls was announced.

Though Sena lacks any base in Gujarat, the home state of Modi, the party had extended its support to Patidar leader Hardik Patel who had met Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence in Mumbai earlier this year.

“The Modi wave was there in 2014 general elections but now it seems to have faded away. The way people are marching on roads of Gujarat after GST was introduced, it seems they (BJP) are going to face a challenge,” Raut added.

In 2015, Sena had said that even 100 Rahul Gandhis cannot match Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “mega wave” and had mocked the Congress vice president for his ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe.

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  1. V
    Vijay Shah
    Oct 27, 2017 at 9:11 am
    Let Rahul manage any one state as a CM for 5 years with the blessings of Shiv Sena and then let Shiv Sena decide whether they want Rahul as PM to run the country.
    1. C
      Curious onlooker
      Oct 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm
      A similar and more sweeping verdict awaits the PM at the next G.E.
    2. D
      Oct 26, 2017 at 11:12 pm
      What made Sanjay Raut to say what he did?.Truth is Modiji has over done with his speeches and everyday Promises.Its gone stale.But for Sanjay Raut to see hope in Raga is shocking.
      1. S
        Oct 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm
        loosening of even a single brick of a huge wall will sooner or later cause its collapse.Good sign we may get rid off BJP Govt. in India.