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Uddhav endorses Modi for PM post

New Delhi, Jul 20, 2013 DHNS 2:33 IST
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray with son Aditya Thackeray addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was unclear about the prime ministerial candidate of the National Democratic Alliance until Friday, virtually endorsed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the top job on Saturday.

Seeking to dispel suggestions that his party had reservations about Modi’s candidature for the top post, Thackeray here said when the Gujarat chief minister came to his residence after becoming the BJP’s campaign committee chief, he had extended his "best wishes" to him.

“What I had said yesterday about the country needing a reliable face was in the context of the Congress, which is currently ruling. I was talking about the Congress,” he said, blaming the media for misinterpreting his remarks and creating confusion.

When pointed out that the Shiv Sena supported Sushma Swaraj as the prime ministerial candidate when Bal Thackeray was alive, he said when his father spoke of the issue, no other leader’s name was doing the rounds.

The decision about the prime ministerial candidate is to be taken “within four walls” and suggested that he does not want to complicate matters by making any remarks, he added.

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