Sena: Gadkari plight akin to Advaniís

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Wednesday likened BJP president Nitin Gadkari's plight after his remarks on Swami Vivekananda to that of L K Advani, who had to step down as chief of the saffron party after his comments hailing Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah as secular.

Thackeray, who had recently backed a beleaguered Gadkari in the aftermath of allegations of dubious funding of his companies, said the BJP chief would be having doubts about receiving support from even the RSS this time. "Advani lost ground over his Jinnah remarks and Gadkari has been jolted because of the Swami Vivekananda comments row," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna. "Gadkari has clarified he has not equated Vivekananda with Dawood. However, not a single leader of his party has taken cudgels on his behalf," Thackeray said.

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