Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched his party's election campaign by warning the opposition not to politicise the fake encounter case.
Breaking his silence for the first time on the fake encounter of the Soharabuddin Sheikh, Modi said Jo log Soharabuddin ke janaze ko le kar nach rahe hai who jan le ke uska janazja Gandhinagar tak nahi le jayega, (those dancing on the funeral of Soharabuddin should know that it would not lead them to Gandhinagar)".
"The 5.5 crore people of Gujarat will not tolerate this and the Congress will be replied by being silenced in an encounter by people using the ballot papers (in the coming election)," he added.
Modi also criticized Congress president Sonia Gandhi saying that the "imported" Congress leader is spreading falsehood against his government. He was speaking at a state BJP function to felicitate him on being longest serving chief minister of Gujarat.
Modi's statement is seen here as virtual launch of campaign by the BJP for the assembly election scheduled later this year.