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Modi advises Congress to stop indulging in 'fatwa politics'

'Cong must now think 50 times before indulging in fatwa politics," Narendra Modi said.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2002 20:03 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the outcome of Assembly elections was a vote against "fatwa and appeasement" politics and the Congress should take lessons from this.

"Congress must think 50 times before indulging in fatwa politics. This has no place in the country's national politics," a combative Modi said.

Asked why he targeted Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf during the election campaign, he said, "I had to give a befitting reply after Mian Musharraf raised Gujarat issue in the United Nations. I had never taken his name before that."

He also said that he had launched no personal attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi nor had taken the name of Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh during the campaign.

Claiming that he had not taken any deliberate swipe at the media, which had sought to portray Hindutva as the BJP's main poll plank, Modi said anyone including the media that had tried to tarnish the image of five crore Gujaratis should carry out serious introspection.

He said that he had all along maintained that only two per cent of the state had been affected by riots and rest of it was totally peaceful.

"Anyone who said otherwise should apologise to the people".

Asked if BJP should campaign in future elections on the lines he did in Gujarat, Modi said it was for the party to decide but maintained that he would favour issues like national interest, self-respect and development to figure in any future poll campaign.

First Published: Dec 15, 2002 19:33 IST