Pune: Shiv Sena on Wednesday hailed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for avoiding a 'topi-kand' (cap scam) by refusing to don a skull cap during his recent three-day Sadbhavana fast.

"One Imam came to the podium and offered Modi a (skull) cap, but Modi refused to wear it. He deserves kudos for preventing this 'topi-kand' in front of cameras," Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna' said in an editorial.

The write-up also derided Congress leaders for allegedly adopting an appeasement policy for minority community.

It said there was no need to prove secular credentials by going overboard to appease Muslims in the country and criticised Congress leaders for donning skull caps during Iftar parties.

"If Modi sticks to this line, his Delhi bound horse can race along the Rajpath in Delhi," the paper commented.

Interestingly, the party two days ago had criticised the Gujarat CM for trying to project a secular image of himself.

Modi had gained power through Hindu vote bank and he should not give them "poison of secularism" in his battle for "gaddi" (throne) in Delhi, Sena had said.

(Agencies)