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Cong breathes easy as ally faces fire

The congress is not sitting easy about the political fallout of the DMK’s remarks questioning Lord Ram’s existence, specially in the Gujarat elections, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2007 02:27 IST
Saroj Nagi
Saroj Nagi
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes
         

The sense of relief, though temporary, in the Congress camp that it is not in the focus of attack on the Ram Setu controversy is tinged with unease about the political fallout of the DMK’s remarks questioning Lord Ram’s existence, specially in the Gujarat elections.

The Congress has distanced himself from its allies remarks. “No one should make any statement that hurts any section of society," said Janardan Dwivedi, the party’s media department chairperson, without mentioning DMK.

The attention has shifted from the Congress to BJP and its affiliates and the DMK — which was attacked also by the SP — with the two groups resorting to violence against each other.

But its after-effects continue to bother the Congress. "If it becomes an election issue in Gujarat, we can be in trouble," said an AICC functionary. The Gujarat BJP, much like its national leadership, intends to make it a poll issue.

First Published: Sep 24, 2007 01:34 IST

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