Mumbai: Showering praises on senior BJP leader and leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has said that she is the only leader in the BJP who would make a "deserving" Prime Minister.

Senior Thackeray’s opinion in this matter bears a great significance amid growing debate over prospects of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the same post. Earlier, Modi’s prospective candidature was reportedly opposed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, another major ally of BJP in NDA.

In part three of his marathon interview, published by Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' today, Thackeray said: "At present there is only one person who is intelligent, brilliant Sushma Swaraj."

He was responding to the question who in BJP could become the next Prime Minister. "I have said this many times... She would be a great choice for PM's post. She is a deserving, intelligent woman. She would deliver a great performance," the Shiv Sena patriarch added.

Thackeray also expressed dismay over senior BJP leader LK Advani's recent prediction that the next government may be formed by a non-NDA, non-UPA front.

"I find it difficult to say anything beyond (what he said). What should one expect from these people? Why did he say so?" Thackeray said.

To a question whether the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena was "strong", Thackeray said: "Now (I) can't use the word strong. Thinking has changed; there are personal animosities, animosities between the parties. NDA of the past had a leader like Vajpayee, now there is no such leadership. But I am talking about NDA, not BJP."


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