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Shiv Sena: World came to know Narendra Modi because of Godhra

After PM Modi condemned the Dadri mob killing and opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali's concert, Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut responded with a reference to the Godhra carnage.

Raut said, "Modi made a statement as the prime minister of the country and not as Narendra Modi. It is indeed unfortunate for all of us that Modi, whom the world came to know because of Godhra, called both incidents unfortunate. He is not our 'Dear' Modi'."

Both the Sena and the BJP tried to dismiss Raut's comments later. A party functionary close to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray simplified that Raut had said that "the PM's remarks on the boycott of Pak nationals in India were unfortunate during the time of unease on the LOC and the constant terrorist attacks."

But, off the record, leaders of both parties confessed that the damage had been done and the stress of the past few days' controversies was affecting the alliance.

The BJP meeting on Thursday, at its Dadar office, will be joined by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, party national leader V Satish, party observer for Maharashtra Saroj Pandey, Danve, senior ministers and other state unit leaders, MPs and MLAs.

Officially, the meeting has been summoned to discuss the party's one-year-completion programmes but leaders admitted Raut's statement and the Sena's scandals might figure prominently.