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Put Sachar report in the dustbin: Thackeray to PM
Onkar Singh in New Delhi |
September 11, 2007 20:27 IST
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has asked him to put the Rajinder Sachar report in the dustbin as it will lay the foundation of another partition on religious grounds.
The letter was delivered to Dr Singh by a Shiv Sena delegation headed by Sena's Executive President Udhav Thackeray at the prime minister's South block office.
"Due to the spread of communalism, anti-national forces have risen and terror strikes have increased. Such strikes are disintegrating the social fabric of this nation," stated Thackeray in the letter.
Later, while addressing his first ever press conference in New Delhi after a luncheon meeting with L K Advani along with Gopinath Munde, Udhav said that the differences between the BJP and Shiv Sena have been amicably settled.
"The issues that came up during the presidential poll have been taken care off. We had a satisfactory meeting with Advaniji and Rajnath Singhji. We have the most stable alliance which has been working for the last 20 years. In the future, we will sort out disputes amongst ourselves before coming to the media," he said.
However, Udhav was visibly annoyed when a reporter asked him whether the Sena will welcome Raj Thackeray back to the party. "Now you will ask if we could take the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India-Marxist into our fold," he shot back.
The Sena leader maintained a studied silence on the India-United States nuclear agreement. "So far, we haven't said a word about the deal. We will reveal our stand only when the time comes. But since we are part of the NDA, we will not have any differences with our alliance," he said.
Udhav was hopeful that the NDA will come back to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra. He evaded a question on who would be the prime minister among Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani and Thackeray if the NDA came to power.
Talking about the Justice Srikrishna report, he offered to take the reporters to areas in which the Hindus had suffered the most. "When we talk about Hindus, we become communal and when they talk about Muslims they become secular," he said in an obvious reference to the United Progressive Alliance and the Left Front.
Both the Shiv Sena and the BJP agreed that in case of mid-term polls, their main agenda would be Hindutva.