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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says 'we respect Modi for Godhra'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:54 IST

Replying to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment in which he criticised the Dadri incident and cancellation of Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lashed out at him and made a reference to his connection to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Modi had termed the Ghulam Ali incident as 'unfortunate' in an interview given to Bengali daily Anand Bazar Patrika ealier today.

Within a few hours of this, the Shiv Sena leader made a controversial statement saying, "Narendra Modi got recognition because of the Godhra incident and we respect him for that. But now he is dubbing the Kasuri and Ghulam Ali incidents as unfortunate. This is an unfortunate thing for us."

The saffron alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena is already going through a tough phase with instances of allegations and counter-allegations escalating steeply.

On 13 October, Sena made an announcement that they will be contesting the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation election without BJP support.

First published: 14 October 2015, 2:34 IST