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Advani first injected communalism in Indian politics: Congress

Statesman News Service |

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NEW DELHI, 14 SEPT: The Congress today showed no sympathy for a sulking L K Advani as Mr Narendra Modi was declared BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate despite his opposition and said “Modi was the symptom of disease of communalism brought by Advani in national politics”.
Congress general secretary in-charge for Haryana, Mr Shakeel Ahmed also said Mr Modi will have no impact outside his state. He was asked about the Gujarat Chief Minister’s rally in Rewari, Haryana, tomorrow.
“Every political party is free to hold rallies anywhere. It will have no impact. He had addressed rallies earlier also. We had seen what impact it had in Karnataka,” Mr Ahmed said.
Asked about the elevation of Mr Modi by the BJP, brushing aside Mr Advani’s objections, Mr Ahmed said “we have no sympathy for Advani. It was he who had first injected the poison of communalism in Indian politics. Modi is a strong symptom of the disease of communalism brought by Advani in national politics.”
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and Balbir Punj today met Mr Advani a day after Mr Modi was chosen as the party’s PM candidate.
Irked over Mr Modi being made the Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr Advani had written a letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh expressing disappointment over his style of functioning.
Asked about Rajnath Singh’s role in the whole episode, Mr Ahmed said the gameplan of the BJP president is something else.
He also tweeted “is Rajnathji, with the help of RSS, using Modiji to sideline Advaniji & Sushmaji for his own chance when Modiji will be rejected in 2014?”
Congress leader Anil Shastri in his series of tweets, however, slammed the “self-seeking BJP leaders” for “using” and then “humiliating” Advani.
Apparently seeking to drive a wedge in the Opposition party, Mr Shastri, who is a speical invitee in the Congress Working Committee, said “poor Advaniji ! What a downfall! Self-seeking BJP leaders have taken over the party by humiliating a very senior leader.”
BJP on path of destruction: Nitish
Patna, 14 Sept: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took a dig at the BJP over naming Narendra Modi as its Prime Minister candidate saying the party was on a path of destruction and claimed the JD-U’s decision of severing ties with it three months ago has been vindicated. “Vinash Kale vipreet buddhi (taking wrong decisions when on path of destruction),” Mr Kumar said. pti