India far-right party supports Modi for Prime Minister
A far-right wing Indian party on Sunday publicly threw its support behind opposition Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi for prime minister ahead of next month’s general elections. The firebrand head of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Raj Thackeray, said he would back Modi, while announcing that his party would also field a handful of candidates for the elections. “We will support Narendra Modi for the prime minister’s post.
Modi should become the prime minister of the country,” 45-year-old Thackeray told supporters in Mumbai where his party is based. The MNS, a rival offshoot of the hard-line right-wing Shiv Sena, has a record of inciting riots and other violence mainly in its opposition of migrants in western Maharashtra state of which Mumbai is the capital.
Thousands of poor migrants from mostly northern India flock to the financial hub in search of jobs, which the MNS sees as a threat to the local Marathi workforce. The MNS champions the culture, language and rights of regional Maharathis over so-called “outsiders”.
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