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 who he
thought was the best prime minister of India, in an interview
published in party mouthpiece Saamana today.
"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, however, was critical of her for imposition
of Emergency in 1975.
On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Thackeray said," He
is an intelligent man, but very mild."
Launching a personal attack on Rahul Gandhi, the Shiv
Sena chief questioned the Congress leader`s ability to
become Prime Minister.
"Who is this Rahul Gandhi? What is there in him?
Tomorrow, any school kid will rise and ask to be made the Prime Minister," Thackeray said.