After Hazare, it's Uddhav's turn for a U-turn on Modi

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New Delhi, July 20: Just like anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Friday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray clarified his stand on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by making an apparently contradictory statement initially. On Saturday, the Sena chief said that saying that the country needed a "dependable face", he was actually referring to the Congress and not anybody else. Sena's earlier comment was interpreted as an opposition to Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. [Read: Uddhav unlikely to support Modi]

Thackeray said in a press conference here that the Congress has no credible face and avoided making any specific comment against Modi. He said the Sena will clarify its stand on the NDA's prime ministerial candidate after the BJP finalises its call.


He said the Sena will express its thoughts after the BJP's Parliamentary Board arrived at a decision. "I can't go on speculating," Thackeray said.

The Sena chief also said that the NDA will form the next government at the Centre and that people are fd up with the UPA government. He also took a dig at the JD(U) over its terminating a long-time alliance with the BJP and NDA. He said the NDA was based on Hindutva deon the very first day. What was the JD(U) thinking all these says, Thackeray asked.

He asked whether they were not communal when the JD(U) was in the NDA. He said the BJP is yet to declare its PM candidate and yet the JD(U) withdrew, adding that the latter was in a hurry.

On whether he had been offered to become the NDA convenor after the JD(U)'s exit, Thackeray said there was no such offer.

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