Modi has been 'viciously maligned': Advani
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani today came out in defence of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, saying he has been "systematically and viciously maligned".Updated: Jul 08, 2012 20:21 IST
BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday accused the media of indulging in vilification of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi while reporting on former president A P J Abdul Kalam's book where he discusses his visit to the state after the 2002 riots.
Referring to Kalam's latest book Turning Points, Advani on his blog today said that he was surprised to see reports in the media where then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee "was being found fault with for trying to protect the Narendra Modi Government".
Advani said Vajpayee's casual query to Kalam: "Do you consider going to Gujarat at this time essential" has been read by the media as the Prime Minister wanting to stop the President from going to Gujarat.
"I have often felt that in India's political history no political leader has been as systematically and viciously maligned as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Bhai Modi. Do not these reports also reveal a conscious effort at vilification", Advani asked.
He rued that no journalist has reported the compliments paid to Modi by Kalam in his book.
"Dr Kalam has also referred to apprehensions he had heard that his visit may be boycotted. Dr Kalam's actual experience was totally different. Modi and his government enthusiastically cooperated with Dr Kalam. Yet no newsman thought it worthwhile to report these complimentary observations of his!" he said.