BJP-Cong slugfest continues over accusations against Modi

Accusing the Congress of having a ‘pathological hatred’ against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP today said this is visible in the attempts to falsely implicate him in the Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin encounter cases.

‘Congress has a pathological hatred against Narendra Modi even though the people adore him for impeccable integrity and outstanding record of governance. Inspite of repeated defeats in elections, the CBI is being abused as an instrument to frame him on questionable, collusive and spurious testimony,’ BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told PTI.

The Deputy Leader of BJP in the Rajya Sabha maintained that even the Supreme Court has observed that the probe agency is being abused and has called it a caged parrot. The ‘telling observation’ of SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav that whenever he takes a strong stand against the government the CBI frames him also shows misuse of the agency, the party said.

‘In the Ishrat Jahan and the Sohrabudin encounter cases, the entire stand of CBI is shifting. There is different allegation against former Home Minister of Gujarat Amit Shah of conspiracy and completely different in case of Gulab Chan Kataria (Rajasthan minister),’ Prasad said. He said Ishrat Jahan was publicly owned by LeT as a ‘martyr’ on their website and then suddenly changes were made.

Government today hit out at the BJP for adopting ‘double standards’ on the issue of CBI and said it should first clarify whether it has faith in the investigating agency or not.

Commenting on Modi’s remarks on ‘misuse’ of CBI by the govt, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said, ‘The BJP adopts double standards on the issue of CBI. In Haren Pandya case the BJP has a different stand, in some other case it has a different stand. BJP should first decide on whether they have confidence in CBI or not.’

 He added, ‘All probes by CBI in fake encounters are being done on court directions. Gujarat government has already given its permissions in all such cases.’
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