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PM Modi “Top Leader Of Country, Party”, Says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut

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Sanjay Raut was talking to media whereas on a tour of northern Maharashtra districts (File)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the “top leader of the country and his party (the BJP)”, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut mentioned Thursday, two days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met the Prime Minister in Delhi to hunt his assist over the Maratha quota subject.

The assembly renewed discuss of a patch-up between the long-time allies who cut up – over power-sharing disagreements – after successful the 2019 Assembly election.

The Sena moved to minimize such buzz. “It was not for political reasons,” an editorial in get together mouthpiece ‘Saamna‘ mentioned, and Mr Thackeray mentioned: “… doesn’t mean our relationship has broken”.

Mr Raut – who was vocal in his criticism of the BJP throughout that fallout – was responding to hypothesis the RSS – the BJP’s ideological mentor – might now need native leaders for state polls.

“I don’t want to comment on this… I don’t go by the media reports. There is no official statement about this… The BJP owes its success to Narendra Modi in the last seven years and currently he is the top leader of the country and his party,” Mr Raut was quoted by information company PTI.

The BJP – which gained the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls by piggybacking on the PM’s picture – has suffered setbacks in states, the newest of which have been in Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The Prime Minister was a outstanding face on the marketing campaign path in every of these three polls, however the BJP wound up with zero seats in Kerala, 4 in Tamil Nadu and solely 77 (of a goal of 200) in Bengal.

The Bengal loss, specifically, has opened a can of worms, with native leaders and people lured from the Trinamool and rival events voicing discontent over being sidelined by out-of-state faces.

And with the elections due in Uttar Pradesh – a bellwether state forward of the 2024 nationwide election – questions are being requested of the BJP’s so-far unquestioned marketing campaign plans.

The acquisition of ex-Congress chief Jitin Prasada – an influential Brahmin face within the state – is a sign the get together could also be able to reset and deal with native faces quite than out-of-state big-hitters.

Mr Raut additionally snuck in a pointed reference to the Prime Minister on the marketing campaign path, suggesting that PM Modi “shouldn’t get involved in campaigning” as he “belongs to the entire country”.

“The Shiv Sena’s stand has always been a Prime Minister belongs to the country and not one party… Hence PM shouldn’t get involved in campaigning…,” he mentioned.

Mr Raut, who’s at present on a tour of northern Maharashtra districts to strengthen the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi’s grassroots attain, was talking to reporters in Jalgaon.

With enter from PTI

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