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'Modi wave' has waned, says Uddhav Thackeray

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Modi, chief claimed today that the 'Modi wave' has waned and that the now relies on "sympathy wave" to win elections.

He said the national party gets "stomach ache" if the becomes politically strong.

The narrowed the gap between its tally with that of the Sena in the cash-rich civic body as its nominee yesterday won the bypoll from Bhandup, beating the bickering ally's candidate by 4,792 votes.

However, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party today got a boost when six corporators of the Raj Thackeray-headed Navnirman Sena (MNS) joined it.

"The Modi wave has waned now. The has to rely on sympathy wave to win polls and bypolls. If they (the BJP) get stomach ache with our increased strength, what kind of allies are they?" Thackeray asked.

The BJP's victorious candidate in Bhandup, Jagruti Patil, is the daughter-in-of corporator Pramila Patil, whose death necessitated the bypoll.

He was addressing the media after inducting six corporators into the fold.

rejected suggestions that the Shiv Sena "poached" corporators and said such a thing had taken place in Arunachal Pradesh and Goa (both ruled by the BJP).

"People should not level allegations of poaching. If others do it, it amounts to self-respect and if we do it, it becomes betrayal? Poaching took place in Arunachal Pradesh and Goa. What happened today (corporators joining the Sena) was just 'ghar wapsi' (homecoming)," said.

There were no ulterior motives behind inducting the MNS corporators and it was done only after they expressed their desire to join the Shiv Sena, he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 22:32 IST