Thackeray praises Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

July 23rd, 2008 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance government’s victory in Tuesday’s parliamentary trust vote has earned indirect approval from an unexpected quarter - Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. In an editorial in his newspaper Saamna Wednesday, Thackeray said that Prime Minister Manmohan is a Sikh, steeped in the best traditions of the community’s reputation for bravery.

Sikhs never attack from behind but considering him as a weak PM, the opposition parties attacked him over the India-US nuclear deal.

However, Thackeray noted that Singh not only emerged victorious from the attack but also returned it with “interest” by proving his government’s majority in the parliament.

The Sena chief said that the Left, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) got together with the single aim of toppling the government.

But now that the government has survived, these parties have been scattered. They are going their separate ways and they seen to have abandoned their intentions of the country’s good.

Thackeray concluded “the country is not secure in the hands of such people” who believe that toppling the government and grabbing power is in the best interest of the nation.

“The whole country has witnessed this,” he said.

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