New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday (June 10) said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the biggest leader in the BJP and the country. Raut’s comment comes just days after the meeting of PM Modi and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in Delhi.
His response came when a question was posed to him on reports which said that the PM was facing a dowside in his popularity.
“I don’t want to comment on this…I don’t go by the media reports. There is no official statement about this… The BJP owes its success to Narendra Modi in the last seven years and currently he is the top leader of the country and his party,” Raut said.
The 59-year-old is currently on a tour of Jalgaon in north Maharshtra.
“The Shiv Sena’s stand has always been that a Prime Minister belongs to the entire country and not a particular party, he added.
Raut also stated that a Prime Minister shouldn’t be involved in election campaigning as it puts pressure on the official machinery.
When quizzed about BJP Maharashtra President Chandrakant Patil’s comments on forging an alliance with the tiger (Shiv Sena’s symbol), he said, “No one can make friendship with a tiger. It is the tiger that decides whom he wants to be friends with.”
PM Narendra Modi met with Thackeray on June in which they discussed the issues of the Maratha reservation, the land allocation for Metro Car shed in Kanjur, GST returns and change in the National Disaster Response Force parameters to provide assistance.
Thackeray had called on PM Modi last month to declare the Maratha community in the state as Socially and Educationally Backward (SEBC).
On May 5, a five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat in its judgment said that that people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.