Mumbai: His political differences with
Congress notwithstanding, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray
admires Indira Gandhi as a "woman with guts" who had the
capability to govern.
Thackeray was replying to a question as to whom he
thought was the best Prime Minister, in an interview published
in party mouthpiece Saamana on Wednesday.
"When Indira Gandhi won the Bangladesh war, even Vajpayee
(Atal Behari Vajpayee) hailed her as an avatar of Goddess
Durga," Thackeray recalled.
The late prime minister was a "woman who had guts and knew
how to rule," he said.
Thackeray was, however, critical of her Emergency
imposition in 1975.
On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said,"He is an
intelligent man, but very mild."
Referring to Rahul Gandhi, the Shiv Sena chief questioned
the Congress leader`s ability to become PM.
"Who is this Rahul Gandhi? What is there in him? Tomorrow,
any school kid will rise and ask to be made the PM," he said.