BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today said Bal Thackeray's death was a big loss for
the party as the Shiv Sena has been a trusted ally for long.
"Balasaheb's death is a big loss for the BJP as Shiv Sena has been a trusted
ally since long," he told reporters here.
He recalled that Thackeray did not aspire to become Chief Minister even after
the Shiva Sena-BJP alliance formed a coalition government in Maharashtra. "He
confined himself to Maharashtra. His demise is a big loss for the state and
India," he added.
Naidu said Thackeray was an outspoken, forthright and uncompromising fighter all
his life and never hankered after power. "You find very few examples such as
Thackeray's calibre in the political history of the country," he added.
He said he met the ailing Thackeray at Leelavati Hospital and was told he would
recover. "But he is no more and I only pray that his soul rest in peace."
On the possible fallout of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa quitting BJP,
Naidu said it was his choice if he wished to form his party. However,people
support ideology, not individuals.
Even in Karnataka people would stand with BJP, he said, adding the party had
given Yeddyurappa all support.
On Yeddyurappa's outburst against senior leader L K Advani over levelling of
corruption charges against him, Naidu said it was not fair to pass comments on
the veteran leader as all leaders, including Yeddyurappa had grown under his
"Advaniji is the tallest and most respected leader across the political forum,"
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