Hitting out at Narendra Modi for accusing the Congress of misusing CBI in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, a Congress leader today said the Gujarat Chief Minister should "introspect" instead of blaming the Congress.
"Gujarat is the only state in the country where half of the Home Ministry is in jail along with top police officers and that too on charges of murder, conspiracy and extortion," former union minister Shankersinh Vaghela said addressing a Youth Congress rally here.
He was referring to recent arrest of former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah by the CBI in the fake encounter case of 2005 in which top officers of Gujarat police are already behind bars.
"Why he (Modi) should hold Congress responsible. It is the matter between CBI and apex court which had transferred the case to the central agency," Vaghela said, referring to yesterday's statement by Modi that transferring of CBI case outside Gujarat was a conspiracy by the Central government.
"Instead of blaming Congress, Modi should introspect and decide how long will he survive with the help of lies."
He also said a healthy mind cannot make such statements.
"It is not for the first time that the CBI has requested for the transfer of a case outside Gujarat. Why did not Modi take up the issue when the Bilkis Bano case was transferred outside the state?" Vaghela asked.
He said if the BJP would come out on streets on the issue which is in court, Congress will also counter them, but peacefully and added Congress would not press for President's rule in Gujarat.
"Though time is ripe to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution in Gujarat, Congress will not press for it. Let it (Modi government) die its natural death," Vaghela said.
"In view of prevailing situation it does seem that present government can survive beyond Diwali. Its days are numbered and will fall because of its own follies," he said.
Congress MPs from Banaskantha and Patan Mukesh Gadhvi and Jagdish Thakore respectively, Youth Congress president Indrajeet Sinh and Congress leaders from North Gujarat were also present on the occasion.