Shiv Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray has criticised the BJP for its indecisiveness on the choice of the prime ministerial candidate for NDA alliance.
He also took potshots on promoters of Narendra Modi for not talking openly about his Hindutva agenda.
These were the views expressed in an editorial that appeared in the Sena party’s mouthpiece Saamna on Thursday which are seen as those of the editor and party president Uddhav Thackeray.
“The one who speaks about Hindutva openly can rule the nation is a feeling that people in this country hold today… so why are the proponents of Narendra Modi hiding the saffron agenda under the garb of secularism?” Thackeray asked in the editorial.
He said the Shiv Sena would only support a ‘real man’ who has the guts to come out in the open and accept that he is a messiah of Hindutva.
“It can be Modi or anyone else,” he added without naming anybody.
Thackeray clarified that he did not have any prime ministerial ambitions just like his father and late Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
“But the country cannot continue to run with a deaf and dumb prime minister like Manmohan Singh,” he said.
Lamenting on the different names emerging for the prime ministerial post such as Modi, LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Shivraj Chauhan, he said that while there was a green danger (from Pakistan on the left) and red danger (from China on the right), there cannot be 15 claimants for the post.
“There is need for an able man to take up this post in such a situation and the BJP should act soon,” the editorial added.
On the rumours of Sena putting forth Advani’s name as their choice, a senior leader close to Thackeray said no specific name had been decided yet.
“Uddhavji wants the BJP to have a meeting of all the allies soon where a decision will be taken in unison. As far as Advani is concerned, Thackeray has immense respect for him and his openness about his Hindutva agenda,” the leader said.