Thackeray's acid attack; calls PM "politically impotent"

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Mumbai, Jul 10: It seems PM Manmohan Singh is at the receiving end of flak from all quarters. Soon after the Time magazine called him an "underachiever" and slammed his government, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the PM, calling him "politically impotent".

Elucidating the Time magazine's insinuation on the PM that called him an "underachiever", Thackeray explained in the party's mouthpiece Saamna that many were not aware of what this term actually meant. On this, he explained, "In our (Thackeri bhasha) language, it implies the country's prime minister is 'politically impotent'.

Thackeray, however, stated that an opinion by the Time magazine does not indicate that the person becomes big or small. He also mentioned the Time's earlier article on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi that called him the "most hated" Indian politician. On this, he said, "But he was hated only by the anti-Hindutva forces."

Coming back on the hostile sentiments by the international media against the PM, Thackeray said, "Until now, the domestic media was rapping on his head, now even the international media is kicking him."

Thackeray also suggested that it was time that the PM and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi handed over the reins of the country to someone with a fighting spirit; "an inspiring person who can fight the corruption, the economic woes, the terrorism, and other forces inimical to the country's interests".

On a possible alternative, Thackeray suggested that the Shiv Sena's "Shivrai" was capable to give the right direction. He added, "Is Maharashtra ready for it, especially since it is also being taken to the dumps by a Manmohan Singh 'copy' (referring to, but without naming Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan). There is a need for a revolution from Maharashtra to Delhi."

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