Eye on Centre,Sena calls for regional trinity

Stating that it was Gujarat’s luck to have a “strong and powerful leader” like Narendra Modi,the Shiv Sena has said it is necessary for.....

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 29, 2009 12:24 am

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

An editorial in the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna on Saturday said “Maharashtra and Gujarat must especially stay together”.

It said Gujarat had a powerful leader in Modi. “That is why no one dares to look at Gujarat with an evil eye.”

The editorial also added 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,” added the editorial.

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 saying 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 PM’s 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 observed 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”.

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