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Gujarat Congress flays Modi

Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is under severe attack from the State Congress and also a section of the people in the State for his alleged statements that indirectly helped Pakistan to spurn the demand for action against terrorists on its soil.

The Congress on Saturday staged demonstrations in different parts of the State against the Chief Minister for denouncing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.

Effigy burnt

Youth Congress workers burnt Mr. Modi’s effigy in Ahmedabad and other parts of the State and shouted slogans against him advising the Chief Minister to “stop helping Pakistan” in India’s fight against terrorism.

Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil urged the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, Rajnath Singh and L. K. Advani, to take stern disciplinary action against Mr. Modi.

The anti-Modi sentiments have arisen over the Chief Minister’s recent utterances at a public meeting that it would be too much for India to expect Pakistan to accept the statements of the Mumbai attacker, Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab’ before police as evidence when its own anti-terror laws did not provide such options. Mr. Modi’s statement was cited as a supporting evidence by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday last expressing inability on the part of his country to punish the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack, even though the Gujarat Chief Minister otherwise was hated in Pakistan for the 2002 communal riots in the State.

Alleging that Mr. Modi was a “blot” on India’s prestige because of the 2002 genocide, Mr. Gohil said his “pro-Pakistan” statement had become a major embarrassment for the country when it was mobilising international opinion against the neighbouring country to end cross-border terrorism from its soil. He said it was sheer immaturity on Mr. Modi’s part to “side” with Pakistan just because he wanted to gain cheap publicity by attacking the UPA government at the Centre.

Several voluntary organisations and secularist leaders in the State also denounced Mr. Modi’s statements describing his stand as “anti-national” and urged the Centre to take action against him.

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