Mumbai: Shiv Sena, a constituent of BJP-led NDA, defended Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's "Hindu nationalist" remark, saying that JD-U's decision to snap ties with the party was "wrong".

Modi describes himself as Hindu nationalist

"Modi made no mistake by saying that he is a Hindu. It was wrong on the part of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to exit NDA on a secular stand after Modi's elevation in BJP," Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said.

"Is it a crime to say that you are a Hindu? Since when it has become wrong in this country to say that you are Hindu,” Uddhav said.

Modi had said: “I’m nationalist. I’m patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I’m a born Hindu. Nothing is wrong. So, I’m a Hindu nationalist so yes, you can say I’m a Hindu nationalist because I’m a born Hindu. I’m patriotic so nothing is wrong in it.”

(Agencies)

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