Advani wanted to neuter Modi's rise: Bal Thackeray

In an interview published in Hindi tabloid Dopahar ka Saamna, the Sena chief said that he had warned Advani that if Modi goes, Gujarat goes.

hidden October 20, 2011 17:41:15 IST
Advani wanted to neuter Modi's rise: Bal Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today said he had once told BJP leader LK Advani to ensure that Narendra Modi remained the Gujarat chief minister in the interest of the saffron party.

In an interview published in Hindi tabloid Dopahar ka Saamna, the Sena chief recalled a meeting he had with Advani at the mayor's bungalow some years ago. "Only both of us were in the room. Advani asked me my opinion of Modi. I told him that it was his party's matter. To this, Advani replied that there was a chal vichal (unease) in the party about Modi."

Advani wanted to neuter Modis rise Bal Thackeray

If Modi goes, Gujarat goes: Thackeray had warned Advani. Reuters

"I asked Advani what did he want. Did he want to remove Modi? His reply was that something similar was going on within the party and that they were yet to take a decision. I immediately told Advani - you can phone him to confirm this - that if Modi goes, Gujarat goes (out of BJP's hands)."

To a query on Advani's ongoing rath yatra, Thackeray said, "It is like this. The first rath yatra was grand. The country also needed it. (But) now, I don't want to comment as he is our friend."

Asked about the basic difference between Advani's rath yatra in the 90s and the current one, Thackeray said, "At that time, it was necessary to awaken the people. There was the issue of Babri mosque. The joy after the birth of the first child is different. After that, if 4-5 come, all say it is a routine happening."

Thackeray said Modi will lose Sena's support if he pampered Muslims. "If he does something wrong, we will not support him. I will not allow my country and Hindutva to be sullied," the Sena chief said, replying to a query on Modi's demand for relaxation of the visa procedure for Pakistanis wishing to pray at the Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan.

PTI

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