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Rahul to blame for US pro-Pak stand: Modi

People like Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi were responsible for the US’s continued support for Pakistan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. HT Correspondent reports.

mumbai Updated: Dec 19, 2010 02:39 IST
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People like Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi were responsible for the US’s continued support for Pakistan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

Modi was referring to a recent disclosure by whistleblower website WikiLeaks’, which said Gandhi told then US ambassador Timothy Roemer that radical Hindu groups posed a greater threat to India than outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba. Modi was speaking after a private function in Mumbai.

“Like many others, the question has been on my mind — why has America continued to support Pakistan even when people are convinced that the country has trained terrorists and exported them in large numbers. Now I know why America supports Pakistan,” Modi told reporters.

“The WikiLeaks release has made me understand who was guiding the US and providing information about Pakistan, based on which America made an opinion about the country. This is the biggest loss for the country.” BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, who was also in the city on Saturday, said Gandhi’s irresponsible and immature comments strengthened Pakistan’s case.

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, meanwhile, slammed the Gandhi family in party mouthpiece Saamna. “We don’t need to remind people of this Rahul’s connection with Italy, where the mafia was born and proliferated,” he said.