Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi continued his tirade against the Congress on Friday, presaging, "In the end, anti-nationalists will be defeated."
At a government-held function in Bhavnagar district, 190 km from here, he said, "If you think, I will be frightened by such tactics, you are mistaken. So you give up your designs."
Modi was referring to the arrest of his aide and former home minister Amit Shah, who was accused with 14 others of being involved in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and killing of his wife in 2005.
Accusing the Congress of "fielding the CBI to settle political scores against his development-oriented government", Modi said such tactics would not work against him as he "will not be frightened".
Evoking the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Ballav Bhai Patel – both Congress leaders – Modi said, "This is a war between nationalists and anti-nationalist forces on the battle field of Gujarat."
State opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil, however, said Modi was venting his frustration, as he could not save Amit Shah from being arrested.