TASGAON (MAHARASHTRA), Oct 5 � Notwithstanding the bitter parting just before the Maharashtra elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he would �not utter a single word� against the Shiv Sena out of respect for late Bal Thackeray, an apparent indication of a possible post-poll truck with the BJP�s erstwhile ally.
�Political pundits are saying why Modi is not criticising the Shiv Sena in his speeches (during poll campaign). This is the first election in the absence of late Bal Thackeray, for whom I have great respect. I have decided not to utter a single word against the Shiv Sena. This is my tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray,� Modi said.
�There are some things which are above politics. There are feelings. Not everything should be linked to politics,� the 64-year-old BJP leader said at a poll rally at Tasgaon in Sangli district of western Maharashtra.
His remarks came hours after Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray attacked the BJP, accusing it of �backstabbing� Bal Thackeray by snapping ties with his party over seat sharing in the Maharashtra Assembly polls.
�The BJP grew in Maharashtra with the support of the Shiv Sena. However, when the party came to power at the Centre, it snapped ties with the Sena,� Thackeray said.