Shiv Sena targets PM Modi on Bal Thackeray’s birth anniversary
New Delhi: Shiv Sena party targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray and taunted him for his “56-inch chest” comment.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena taunted Modi and said Bal Thackeray stood by him when there were plans of removing him from Gujarat’s CM post.
“After the Godhra riots, (former PM) Atal Bihari Vajpayee was about to oust Modi from Gujarat CM’s post but it was Balasaheb who staunchly backed him then. It was very courageous of Balasaheb to support Modi at the time,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.
“The (late) Sena supremo never revealed the size of his chest but Pakistan and enemies of the nation got jittery by the mention of his mere name. He was an invisible force that kept extremist forces at bay,” Sena said on Thackeray’s 91st birth anniversary.
“The (late) Sena supremo was firm on his ideals. He did not believe in duping people in the name of democracy,” it said.
Shiv Sena and BJP have been in constant opposition to each other in spite of being allies in Maharashtra and at the Centre.
PM Modi had paid tribute to Thackeray on his birth anniversary.