In race for PM, Narendra Modi should have quit as Gujarat CM: Raj Thackeray

ThackerayMNS Chief Raj Thackeray said he had no plan to back Narendra Modi at the moment and will announce his decision at right time. (IE Photo)

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said on Thursday that though he is a great admirer of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the development work done in Gujarat, he felt the day BJP announced him as Prime Minister candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha polls he should have resigned from the post of CM.

Interacting with journalists in Nashik, the MNS chief said he had no plan to back Modi at the moment and will announce his decision at right time. "I will take a decision in this regard at right time," said Thackeray.

"I want to say only one thing on Modi and I think it is very important that I talk about it now. It is true, and I have said this many times, that I admire (Narendra) Modi. I admire him for the development work he had done. However, I sincerely feel that the day BJP announced him as Prime Minister candidate he should have resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat. Because a Prime Minister is for the entire country, you can't be limited to a state," said Thackeray.

"Once you are announced as a candidate for the prime minister then you should think and talk about the entire country. You can't go on talking about one state. A PM is for the entire country, not for a state. This is what I told Amitabh Bachchan when he attended a function with me. Amitabh, Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar are national figures. How can you become an ambassador for one state?," he said.

Thackeray said it was unwise on part of Modi to speak about the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel when he comes to Maharashtra. "You come to Maharashtra and talk about the Gujarati community. You come to Maharashtra and talk about a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Why don't you speak about Shivaji Maharaj?," he asked.

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