Praising Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena on Thursday described him as a “warrior” standing against the Union government and said that the “rulers in Delhi” were afraid of him.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, Sena said that despite the “weak leader” campaign against Rahul Gandhi, he was still standing and attacking the government at every opportunity. “The Opposition, at some point, will rise from ashes like a phoenix,” it added.
“The rulers in Delhi fear Rahul Gandhi. Had it not been the case, there would not have been government campaigns to defame the Gandhi family. Even if there is one person against him, the dictator is afraid of him. If this lone warrior is honest, the fear increases by a hundred times. His fear of Rahul Gandhi falls in this category,” the editorial said without naming anyone.
The remarks come almost a fortnight after Saamana asked for the expansion of the UPA citing a weak Opposition and batted for NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s appointment as the UPA chairperson, a position held by Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi.
The editorial further said that Rahul Gandhi becoming the Congress president would be good for the party. “One must accept that BJP has no alternative to Modi and Congress has no alternative to Gandhi,” it added.
Lashing out at the Centre over the alleged misuse of central investigative agencies against its opponents, the editorial said that as soon as Rahul Gandhi agreed to accept the presidency, the income tax department had raided his brother-in-law Robert Vadera’s house. “This is definitely not a coincidence,” it added.
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