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Congress steps up attack on Narendra Modi

india Updated: Dec 09, 2007 17:35 IST

Undeterred by the "merchants of death" controversy, Congress on Sunday stepped up attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying "language of gods" cannot be used when dealing with "demons".

"If you are dealing with the demons, you do not talk the language of Gods", senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said. "This is the character of politics in Gujarat. This character cannot be changed. Truth has to come out and this is the right time for the people of the state to act," he told PTI.

Chaturvedi's remarks come in the wake of a flip-flop by the Congress over party chief Sonia Gandhi's reference to Modi as "merchant of death" at a poll rally in Navsari in Gujarat.

Union Minister Kapil Sibal had said that Gandhi did not refer to Modi as a "merchant of death" while party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi asserted that the party president did refer to the Gujarat chief minister and it was not apologetic about the remarks. "If every party resorts to such language, we are left with no choice but to give it back to them," Chaturvedi said.