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PM nominee Modi should have quit as Gujarat CM: Raj Thackeray

Mumbai: MNS leader Raj Thackeray, once considered close to Narendra Modi, today said the Gujarat Chief Minister should have resigned the day he was nominated BJP's prime ministerial candidate, a suggestion immediately rejected by the
PTI January 09, 2014 18:16 IST
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Mumbai: MNS leader Raj Thackeray, once considered close to Narendra Modi, today said the Gujarat Chief Minister should have resigned the day he was nominated BJP's prime ministerial candidate, a suggestion immediately rejected by the saffron party.

Thackeray also criticised Modi for his 'excessive' focus on Gujarat and said instead of talking about his achievements there he should think about the whole country.

"The day Narendra Modi was nominated BJP's prime ministerial candidate, he should have quit as chief minister. The prime minister is of the entire country and not of a state," he told reporters at Nashik.

The MNS leader said though he appreciated Modi's work in his state, BJP's prime ministerial contender was always thinking about Gujarati people.

"Even when he is in Mumbai, he thinks about Gujarati people, talks about honouring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, but is not seen talking about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was also great," he said.