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Vajpayee era in BJP over with his niece's quitting: Digvijaya

PTI  New Delhi, October 27, 2013
First Published: 16:55 IST(27/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:01 IST(27/10/2013)

Taking a dig at BJP over the move by the niece of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to quit the party, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said the development marked of the end of the 'Vajpayee era' in the saffron outfit.

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The Congress general secretary also sought a public apology from BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as it contradicted his claims, reportedly made in remarks at a rally, that Jawaharlal Nehru had not attended Vallabh Bhai Patel's funeral.

On the blast at Patna railway station on Sunday, Digvijaya said, "What a coincidence blast at Patna Railway on the day of Modi's rally! Challenge to Nitish government to find the culprit!

"With Karuna Shukla's Atalji's niece resigning, Atalji's Era in BJP has ended. Era of fixers, liars and commission agents in BJP has begun," Singh tweeted.

Shukla, a former Lok Sabha MP, yesterday resigned from BJP saying she was being "continuously neglected" by senior party leaders.

"The party organisation has been taken over by those in power. I was continuously neglected in the party due to which I am deeply hurt," Shukla had yesterday told reporters in Raipur.

Meanwhile, contradicting Modi's alleged remaks about Nehru, Singh cited the autobiography of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai saying it "confirms Nehru and Rajendra Prasad's participation at Sardar's funeral in Mumbai.

"Modi must issue a public apology! Feku at his best," he tweeted.

The Congress General Secretary was referring to Modi's alleged statement in Udaipur that Nehru had not attended India's first home minister, Sardar Patel's, funeral.


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