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Thackeray says Modi must stay
June 22, 2004 16:02 IST
Rushing to the support of embattled Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party must not remove Modi under pressure from the opposition.
Thackeray said the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 were a reaction to what happened in Godhra. "If the reaction to the demolition of Babri Masjid can be felt in Mumbai, why can't the reaction to Godhra occur in other parts of Gujarat?" he asked.
Over 800 people were killed in a communal flare-up in Gujarat after two bogies of a train carrying mostly Hindu pilgrims from Ayodhya were set on fire in Godhra.
"Their policy [of appeasement of minorities] helped them [the BJP] little. When I asked senior BJP leaders before elections if their tally of 182 seats would increase or decrease, nobody was sure," Thackeray said.
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