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NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN, 10 JUNE: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today cautioned BJP president Rajnath Singh against the Gujarat Chief Minister, saying Narendra Modi has always “chopped off” the hands which promoted him.
The Congress general secretary expressed his sympathies for BJP patriarch L K Advani, who had skipped the Goa conclave where Mr Modi was anointed party’s campaign committee chief.
“He (Advani) was a man who took the tally of the BJP from two in 1984 to 182. If this person has demanded some more time and asked to wait for a while, or demanded setting up of two committees, including one headed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, what was the problem in waiting for a while. What was the hurry. After all they were not going to miss a plane,” Mr Singh said on Mr Advani skipping the conclave.
The senior Congress leader also strongly rejected the suggestion of Mr Modi being a threat to the party. The Congress leader also rejected contentions that the next Lok Sabha election could be a Mr Rahul Gandhi versus Mr Modi contest.
“We fight elections on the basis of principles and not personalities,” Mr Singh said.
The Congress had yesterday sounded dismissive over Mr Modi’s anointment with party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed saying that his appeal is limited to Gujarat only. “We have seen the hollowness of his campaign in the Karnataka elections. He is popular only among people who like communal politics and communal personalities.
“But this kind of politics goes against the ethos of India. The common people do not appreciate communal politics of people like Modi,” he had told PTI.
VHP chief hails Modi&’s appointment
Welcoming Mr Narendra Modi’s appointment as the BJP’s campaign committee head, VHP chief Ashok Singhal said the party has honoured the sentiments of the entire country by appointing the Gujarat Chief Minister to the post.