Congress Party condemns Modi's remarks at BJP National Conclave in Delhi

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 12:20 hrs

The Congress Party on Sunday condemned remarks made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the Bharatiya Janata Party's national conclave here.

Modi had criticised the Congress Party over increasing corruption scams in the country and for pursuing dynasty politics.

Reacting to Modi's diatribe, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said: "It (BJP) is a party for killing Muslims. It is a party that suppresses the minority community. It is party that breaks the unity of our country. It is party that holds no faith in the secularism of the country. Why would we expect any praise from a party like this?"

Shiv Sena leaderSanjay Raut, however,defended Modi, saying that the political dynasty of Congress is responsible for the deteriorating situation of the country.

"What wrong did Modi speak? He has only spoken of the sentiments of the hundreds of crores of people of this country in Delhi today and spoken loudly in front of all. It is important because Modi has himself said this. This was spoken by Bal Thackeray too a few years back. Whatever bad has happened to the nation, it is because of political dynasty of Congress," said Raut.

Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Sabir Ali also agreed with Modi and criticized the Congress for graft cases.

"See, what he is has said is right, who can deny that in the regime of Congress, there hasn't been corruption. It is practically impossible to list out the scams that they have done. The people have never seen the kind of scams that they got to see in the regime of Congress. I agree with my party's view that there has been corruption in their regime, which needs rectification," said Ali.

Modi, is praised by both corporate India and a majority of voters in Gujarat for presiding over years of fast growth and clean governance, but his record is marred by deadly religious riots in the affluent state 11 years ago.

In December he won a third consecutive term in office, and since then many in his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have called for him to lead the party in national elections due by early 2014. (ANI)

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