“...Those who could not defeat Modi in Gujarat... they are now using other means — of sometimes putting CBI after (BJP and Modi) and at other times giving a free hand to Indian Mujahideen”

Alleging that the CBI was being misused and terror outfit Indian Mujahideen given a “free hand” to settle political scores with him, Narendra Modi on Friday said the Congress was attacking him “from behind like a coward” after it could not defeat him in Gujarat.

“One by one, the way incidents are taking place, it appears that those who could not defeat Modi in Gujarat, who were beaten badly in three elections and lost face, who feel the BJP and Modi cannot be stopped through democratic means.... they are now using other means — of sometimes putting CBI after them, and at other times giving a free hand to Indian Mujahideen,” he said addressing a rally in Bahraich.

Mr. Modi’s reference to IM comes in the wake of the serial bomb blasts suspected to be carried out by the terror outfit during his Patna rally of October 27, 2013 which left seven persons dead and scores of others injured.

The BJP has charged that the Centre has been lax in providing adequate security to Mr. Modi.

“Those doing politics with bombs, guns and pistols should listen with open ears. I am born of a different material. Neither have I bowed to terrorists, nor am I going to bend before them.

“We will defeat them and finish them from their roots... The bullets of terrorists cannot stop the country from its onward journey,” Mr. Modi said.

The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate alleged that his adversaries are attacking him “from behind like cowards” and challenged them to fight him democratically.

Attacking the SP government in Uttar Pradesh, he said it played vote bank politics by putting two U.P. BJP MLAs in jail in the Muzaffarnagar riots cases to embarrass the party.

“The way statements are being made, I want to ask the rulers what was the reason that you put two of our MLAs in jail? When your charges could not stand scrutiny and the court released them, you put them in jail on other charges. But they were released again,” he said.

Mr. Modi charged that due to vote bank politics, government was not arresting the real culprits and was putting innocents in jail.

He alleged that the SP, the BSP or the Congress had the “same DNA” which made them work for their own “selfish” gains.

The competition between the SP and the BSP is between the one who indulges in “more corruption” and the one “who has more criminals in its midst”, Mr. Modi said.

“I have seen that despite supporting the UPA government, the SP and the BSP have never asked anything for the State... What they ask for is help in the CBI cases and how to get rid of the problems with the CBI,” he said.

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