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Vajpayee is the soul of BJP: Thackeray
June 26, 2004 10:54 IST
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, under attack from within his own party, has found an ally in Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
Vajpayee has been under attack ever since he listed Gujarat riots of 2002 as one of the reasons for the party's defeat in the last Lok Sabha election.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its sister organisation have castigated the former prime minister for his comments. Some even indicated that it was time he quit politics.
Thackeray, who was, at best of times, suspicious of Vajpayee's soft approach towards minorities and Pakistan, has suddenly emerged as a supporter of the former prime minister.
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