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Updated: July 14, 2013 21:10 IST

Mayawati slams Modi, censures party MP for praising him

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A file picture of BSP chief Mayawati.
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A file picture of BSP chief Mayawati.

BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday lashed out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his “puppy” and “Hindu nationalist” remarks and advised the senior BJP leader to study the Indian Constitution thoroughly.

The BSP leader also rapped party MP from Hamirpur Vijay Bahadur Singh for praising Mr. Modi for the remarks.

“My party strongly condemns the examples given by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,” Ms. Mayawati told reporters.

“He should study the Constitution properly because it is based on secularism and not on Hindutva,” she said.

On Mr. Singh showering praise on Mr. Modi, Ms. Mayawati said “That was his personal view and not that of the party.” The MP had supported Mr. Modi’s remarks saying these showed that the Gujarat CM is a “sensitive person and his comments have been misinterpreted”.

Mr. Singh was replaced as party candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.

“Besides, he has not been given any responsibility in the organisation or any other matter. He often keeps on saying bits and pieces away from the party line,” she said.

Mr. Modi had stirred up a political furore by saying in an interview that he had done “absolutely the right thing” during the 2002 Gujarat riots and described himself as a “Hindu nationalist”.

He had also said that even if a “puppy comes under the wheel of a car, one feels sad” when asked whether he regretted the 2002 riots.

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