Indira a woman with guts, Manmohan mild: Thackeray
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 15:43
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.


First Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 15:43

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