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MNS chief, Chavan say Modi wave receding in state

Sayli Udas Mankikar and Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 12, 2014
First Published: 00:21 IST(12/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:25 IST(12/7/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP on Friday came under a two-pronged attack by the Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leadership in the state. MNS chief Raj Thackeray said the Modi wave is now receding.

Thackeray who was always seen praising Modi, the Gujarat development model, and also extended his support to him in the Lok Sabha polls, was seen criticising his social media stints.

“ PM Narendra Modi’s wave does not exist anymore. The same social media that he used for promoting himself is now criticising him.

 Politics existed even before social media did,” Thackeray said and asked  the assembled youth to get out of social media and meet people if they want to see victory in the state elections.

In a related development, a day after the Congress clarified that Prithviraj Chavan would continue as the chief minister, he indicated that he would be the face of the assembly poll campaign in the state.

Chavan spoke on the party’s plans to borrow some of BJP strategies when it came to the use of social media and communication.

The CM also indicated that the Modi effect was unlikely to have an impact in the assembly polls. “Is the BJP going to adopt similar strategy and campaign for elections on Modi cult? Who and how many faces are they going to project in these polls?’’, he questioned.

Thackeray, who was speaking at an MNS youth wing function, made attempts to distance himself from Modi, clearly indicating that his party will be going solo in the upcoming state elections scheduled in October.

He declared that he would be contest elections and be interested in becoming chief minister if his party won a majority.

Before the LS polls, senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had met Thackeray and asked him to stay away from elections.

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