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No to secularism, says Thackeray

Firing a salvo at Narendra Modi for trying to project a secular image of himself, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said Modi shot to power by the Hindu vote bank, and he should not give them “poison of secularism” in his battle for “gaddi” in Delhi.

mumbai Updated: Sep 20, 2011 00:44 IST

Firing a salvo at Narendra Modi for trying to project a secular image of himself, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said Modi shot to power by the Hindu vote bank, and he should not give them “poison of secularism” in his battle for “gaddi” in Delhi.

The Shiv Sena patriarch, BJP’s oldest ally, also asked Modi not to forget that after Maharashtra, Gujarat was the laboratory of Hinduism and said whatever Modi was today, it was because of Hindu vote bank and he should stand by it.

“Hindu ramsevaks were killed in Godhra riots (train burning) and that’s why Hindus were inflamed. Do not kill them by giving them dose of the poison of secularism,” Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamna’.