Bal Thackeray stood by Narendra Modi after Gujarat riots, remembers Shiv Sena
In Saamna, the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena, Sena remarked Bal Thackeray stood by Narendra Modi when he was accused of sponsoring communal violence in Gujarat in which hundreds of Muslims were killed.
On the 91st birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray, an avid advocate of strong pro-Hindu policy in India, Shiv Sena recalled how he saved Narendra Modi after the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In Saamna, the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena, Sena remarked Bal Thackeray stood by Narendra Modi when he was accused of sponsoring communal violence in Gujarat in which hundreds of Muslims were killed. Bal Thackeray always believed that the country needs a leader like Hitler who put national interest before everything, though he did not completely agree with his ideology, said Shiv Sena.
“Bal Thackeray never supported atrocities committed in the name of democracy. Though he wasn’t convinced with everything that Hitler stood for, but he wanted a leader like him who would put national interests before everything,” said Shiv Sena in Saamna. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was planning to sack Narendra Modi after Gujarat riots, but Bal Thackeray convinced him for not doing so.
“Modi gaya to Gujarat gaya (If Modi is gone, Gujarat will also slip out of BJP hands),” Bal Thackeray had told L K Advani, recalled Shiv Sena. “Narendra Modi was criticised by everyone, but Bal Thackeray stood by him,” stated Saamna. Shiv Sena said the late founder of the party was always on the hit list of terrorists but it never made him scared. “Bal Thackeray proved Hindutva is the future,” said the Saamna editorial.
“Bal Thackeray used to say, ‘I don’t know the BJP. I don’t what is Shiv Sena. I just know Hindutva’,” stated Shiv Sena. Bal Thackeray was born in Pune on January 23, 1926. Bal Thackeray died on November 17, 2012.