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Modi's remarks on Kasab helped Pakistan: Congress

Congress spokesperson Rajiv Shukla today said that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's controversial remarks on Kasab has "immensely helped Pakistan" which was being isolated internationally.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2009 18:01 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's controversial remarks on Kasab has "immensely helped Pakistan" which was being isolated internationally, Congress spokesperson Rajiv Shukla said in Ahmedabad today.

"The remarks made by the Chief Minister are very serious because it has helped Pakistan in diverting the attention at a time when Pakistan was getting increasingly isolated," Shukla said while talking to the reporters.

The Congress spokesperson, who is here to attend a state Congress meeting, also demanded apology from Modi and said that Gujarat Congress president will write a letter to the BJP president seeking his views on the remarks.

Shukla said that at national level BJP has supported the UPA government on the issue of terrorism as the newly enacted NIA (National Investigating Agency) Act has been passed in the parliament with the support from the main opposition party.

Modi had recently said that even in India mere statement of the accused before a high-ranked police officer is not regarded as evidence under the existing laws.

He had wondered that, "What if Pakistan and US both ask India if our law has similar provision which accepts Kasab's statement as evidence? What can be more unfortunate?"

Following Modi's statement Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had remarked that Modi "agreed" with Pakistan's stance on the Mumbai terror attack.

On the issue of fighting terrorism, Shukla said that Congress party has always fought terrorism head on.

"What BJP is talking about? Their external affairs minister took Maulana Azhar Masood in flight and released him with five crore dollar cash. They have no right to talk about fighting terrorism," he said.

He asked where was Modi's "zero tolerance policy when the NDA decided to release Maulana Masood?"

On certain industrialists praising Narendra Modi and promoting him as the future prime minister, Shukla said that it should not be taken seriously as these industrialists are known for praising chief ministers wherever they go.

"They (industrialists) want to seek favours from the state government and further their business interests so they would go to any extent to praise the chief minister and project him as the next PM candidate," Shukla said.

He said, "These people know that if the government could dole out huge incentives and favoured Tata group for their Nano car project, they would also get similar incentives and favours by praising the CM."

When asked whether Rahul Gandhi will be projected as prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Shukla said that UPA's PM is Manmohan Singh and there is no vacancy for the top job.

However, when asked about projecting a younger leader, he quipped taking a dig at NDA's PM candidate LK Advani, "Our PM is not 83 year old."

Shukla said that Congress is about to complete a full term with coalition government.

"We are about to complete the term and our government has been successful in providing good governance and protecting the interests of the country," he added.