Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ridiculed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s contention that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had adopted a hostile attitude towards the central government after action was initiated against Gujarat’s former junior home minister Amit Shah in a fake encounter case.
“The comment made by the prime minister yesterday (Wednesday) was the biggest joke of 2011,” Modi said.
The BJP leader said that by targeting the state, the prime minister was trying to divert public attention from his shortcomings.
Shah, the key accused in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was arrested in July last year. He is presently out on bail but the Supreme Court has restrained him from entering the state.
During his interaction with television editors on Wednesday, the prime minister, in a veiled reference to Shah, had accused the principal opposition party of adopting a “hostile attitude” after the arrest of a Gujarat minister.