Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray gave signals that his party’s support to Narendra Modi as PM wasn’t a given, saying on Friday that there was no credible political face in the country.
“The country needs a reliable face. Can you find one face who fits? Can you see one? Since we cannot see a clear face, let us elect a strong government,” he said at an Assocham function in new Delhi.
Later, when asked for a clarification about the NDA’s face for the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray modified his position and said, “We have a lot of credible people. Have some patience. We will definitely show you the face.”
Ally BJP, however, has made Modi its de-facto face for the polls. Thackeray met LK Advani, a BJP leader not pleased with Modi’s elevation, later.
Though Sena had welcomed Modi’s controversial remark that he was a Hindu nationalist days back, Thackeray isn’t too pleased with the good relations Modi has with his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray.
This apart, the ally would also want to throw around some weight and not be handed over a decision. Some speculated that Thackeray was putting pressure as he wants to be named NDA convener.
Modi faced another attack too, from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bannerjee, who was the BJP’s ally in the NDA days.
She said in Rampurhat, Bengal, that her party would never support Modi.
“We do not support Narendra Modi, nor will we support him in future),” she told a panchayat election rally.