Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday lauded Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and attacked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for their respective roles in the ongoing rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand.

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In an editorial in party mouthpiece "Saamana", Thackeray heaped praise on Chavan for adopting a broad-minded approach, and ridiculed Modi for his parochial attitude in dealing with the fallout of the disaster.

"Chavan has shown Maharashtra's large-heartedness and magnanimity in the face of such a massive disaster, not only for the people of this state stranded in Uttarakhand, but for victims from across the country," Thackeray said.

He pointed out how Chavan declared, while dispatching a planeload of relief material with a large team of officials, that though the aid was intended for people from the state stranded in Uttarakhand, other victims would not be ignored.

"This is Maharashtrian generosity and the right approach. Though Shiv Sena has been accused of parochialism, even my party members have dedicated themselves to the rescue and relief works there. When we are faced with such a major national calamity, the political party, state or religion do not matter, we are all united," Thackeray said.

Targeting the Gujarat Chief Minister, the Shiv Sena president said that Modi should not speak in narrow terms (only for Gujaratis). "Most of the rescue works are being carried out by the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. They don't discriminate on the basis of the victims' state of origin or religion, but rescue them as human beings," Thackeray pointed out.

"Nobody is doing any favour, it's their duty in the face of calamity," he said.

Thackeray lashed out at the Gujarat Chief Minister's propaganda machinery for claiming that 15,000 people from Gujarat were rescued in a day, the day of Modi's visit. "It would be better if Modi's propagandists exercise restraint in future," Thackeray said.


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