Bal Thackeray once backed Sushma Swaraj for PM's post: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Uddhav Thackeray tweeted saying the rapport between (late) Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Sushma Swaraj was an affectionate one.

Published: 07th August 2019 03:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2019 04:22 PM   |  A+A-

Sushma Swaraj on a swing during Teej festival celebrations organised by the BJP Mahila Morcha at Delhi BJP Office in New Delhi. .

Sushma Swaraj on a swing during Teej festival celebrations organised by the BJP Mahila Morcha at Delhi BJP Office in New Delhi. (File Photo | PTI)

By PTI

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday expressed grief over the "irreparable loss" his family has suffered following the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, whom party patriarch Bal Thackeray had once backed as NDA's prime ministerial face.

Swaraj, the veteran BJP leader, died in New Delhi on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. 0She was 67.

Uddhav Thackeray said Swaraj's death marks an end of a "resplendent era" in Indian politics. He recalled that his father Bal Thackeray shared an affectionate rapport with the BJP leader.

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"A resplendent era in India's politics has come to a halt with the demise of Sushma Swaraj. It is not only the country and the BJP, but the Thackeray family too has suffered an irreparable loss.

The rapport (late) Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Sushmaji shared was affectionate one," Uddhav Thackeray's office quoted him as saying on Twitter.

He noted Swaraj's rapport with his family remained the same even after his father's death (in November 2012).

Sena MP Sanjay Raut also paid tributes to Swaraj and recalled that she was Bal Thackeray's first choice as the prime ministerial contender, when current Prime Minister Narendra Modi had still not emerged on the national scene and was active in Gujarat politics.

"Balasaheb saw her as a firm leader. She had thanked him for blessing her. Such was their relationship," Raut told a regional news channel.

The Shiv Sena founder, in an interview to Raut carried in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' in September 2012, said, "At present there is only one person who is intelligent, brilliant - Sushma Swaraj.

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