After Nitish Kumar's clear assertion that the JD(U) would not be comfortable with the BJP projecting Narendra Modi as the NDA's candidate for the position of Prime Minister, Shiv Sena has also echoed similar sentiments. Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the matter.
Q. By opposing Modi are the allies trying to push BJP to name a weaker candidate and later squeeze BJP to submission like the allies have done to Congress. If BJP projects Modi will Shiv Sena walk out? Asked by: jay pillai
Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar joined IBNLive readers on his party's decision to oppose Modi's PM bid.
A. There is no question of walking out. Shiv Sena is open to discussion within the NDA for any name that may be proposed & decision will be taken after a discussion with NDA allies.
Q. Will Shiv Sena expand its base and contest 2014 election from other states also apart from Maharashtra? Asked by: Sahin Waghle
A. Shiv Sena has already put up candidates in other states & will continue to do so in forthcoming polls.
Q. Do you think this is justified, every one attacking Modi for media glare? Asked by: sree krishna
A. No one is attacking Modi. Allies are expressing their views, as PM candidate will be from NDA, not any single party.
Q. Shiv Sena don't believe that Modi is secular? Asked by: Hitesh
A. Shiv sena believes every Indian is secular. However, we are against people who are pseudo-secular.
Q. IS Shiv Sena -MNS coming together is completely ruled out or still their is slightest of hope..because Shiv Sena -MNS coming together will benefit Maharashtra.. Asked by: Ranjeet Bahekar
A. The leadership has to decide.
Q. Why Shiv Sena not accept Modi as PM however Modi will benefit to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra? Asked by: Hitesh
A. Shiv Sena is not opposed to Modi as PM candidate. The decision will be taken after meeting with NDA allies.
Q. Shiv Sena did not get space in Gujarat because of Modi. Hence the dislike? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. There is no dislike.
Q. Will Shiv Sena support any non BJP PM candidate? Asked by: Jeet Wlaenkar
A. Let the name be proposed, we will think over it.
Q. Whom Shiv Sena will put forward as their PM candidate nominee if not Modi? Asked by: Nilesh Javalkar
A. BJP being the largest part will propose the name & then we will decide.
Q. Is Shiv Sena prepared to go into the polls alone if their arises any crisis between Shiv Sena and BJP? Asked by: Lalit Ghutke
A. There is no such requirement right now, NDA stands united.
Q. Rahul, Do think you are under pressure from internal politics of BJP? As earlier mentioned by Balasaheb Thackrey about Sushma Swaraj being PM Candidate. Asked by: Raj
A. NDA work in a democratic fashion. There is no question of pressure.
Q. Is there a possibility of grand alliance MNS, SS and BJP? Modi can bring that about? Asked by: Nathan
A. The leaders of the parties will decide that.
Q. You saying Modi is pseudo secular & JD(U) saying Modi is communal. Between Is there any understanding between Shiv Sena & JD(U) to oppose Modi? Few days before Shiv Sena was not averse to Modi. What has happened in last few days? Asked by: Soumya
A. There is no formal dialogue for PM candidate yet, so no question of understanding to oppose.
Q. Rahul, your party's endorsement of Nitish's demand has put a full stop to the PM aspirations for Narendra Modi, your thoughts. Asked by: Prabhu
A. Shiv Sena has not endorse any demand of any other party.
Q. After sad demise of Bal Thakarey - Is there any spine left in Sena to take on NCP -Congress. Only option is to get merged with MNS who is showing some spine and purpose. Your take on this! Asked by: Parth
A. Shiv Sena has proved its strength from floor of the house in Maharashtra, assembly & in state of Maharashtra and will continue to work with same vigour.