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Attacked at BJP council, Cong hits back at Modi

Congress on Sunday reacted after Narendra Modi's attack at BJP National Council on it, saying that the Gujarat Chief was mistaken if he thought that he could attain the stature of a national leader by spending crores of rupees of the state for ‘self propaganda’.

'The kind of language that Narendra Modi ji used on Sunday does not behove any leader of national stature. I think he is yet not capable of attaining the stature of a national leader. By spending crores belonging to Gujarat for self propaganda, if someone thinks that he has become a national leader, then he is mistaken,' said Union Minister Rajiv Shukla.

The ruling party accused Modi of double-speak and took exception to his remarks against the Prime Minister. 'His speech is a bundle of lies. On Sunday he is expressing liking for Pranab Mukherjee. If you had courage and conviction, than why did Modi ji not support Pranab Mukherjee (in the Presidential elections). NDA partners Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena had done so. Yesterday Pranab Mukherjee was not likeable, then you were praising Sangma. This is double speak,' Shukla added.

Earlier Modi, in his speech at the BJP National Council meeting here had said that though Pranab Mukherjee was more deserving, the Congress did not make him the Prime Minister and chose Manmohan Singh.

Without naming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the BJP leader said the Congress appointed a 'night watchman' to keep the seat warm for the first family of the Congress. Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi retorted, 'Dr Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister of the country and not just of the Congress. His name should be taken with respect. His honour is the country's honour.'

Congress Leader, Mani Shankar Aiyar, criticised the party and said they wouldn't expect praise from a party that suppressed Minorities.

While taking a dig at Narendra Modi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had reminded the Gujarat Chief Minister about 'Raj Dharma' in the wake of the 2002 riots in the state.

Reacting to comments by Modi in his speech at BJP's National Council meeting here, he also said it was under the Prime Ministership of Indira Gandhi that the country had conducted its first nuclear test in 1974.

‘AMNESIA. Is it not true that Vajpayee ji reminded a certain CM about Raj Dharma in 02? What did Vajpayee attribute their 2004 defeat to?’ Tewari said on social networking site Twitter.  Following the defeat of NDA in 2004 polls, Vajpayee had blamed that violence in Gujarat as one of the reasons that led to the electoral loss.

'FACTS- Indira Gandhi carried out PNE (peaceful nuclear explosion) in 74, successive Cong govts nurtured strategic programme and Manmohan Singh dismantled nuclear aparthied,' Tewari said.
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