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The Indian Herald

February 26, 2009

Thackeray was Modi's saviour after Gujarat riots

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has said that he had dissuaded the BJP leadership from taking action against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi following the post-Godhra carnage.

Thackeray has claimed that due to the large-scale rioting and killings, LK Advani wanted to sack Modi. "It was at my insistence that Modi was not removed", says the Sena supremo.

In an editorial that appeared in the party mouthpiece Saamna, the cartoonist-turned-politician has written that the BJP leadership wanted to replace Modi with some other leader but Thackeray prevailed upon Advani.

"I had told him that if Modi goes then the state will also slip out of the hand of the BJP", writes Thackeray. The post-Godhra riots had caused over 2,000 deaths in the entire state.

Mostly Muslims were killed in the pogrom which had caused international outrage as the riots were believed to have been organised by the Hindutva brigade with the complicity of a section of police and state administration.

TIH Bureau

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