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'Narendra Modi a dictator'

Father of slain BJP leader Haren Pandya who is contesting against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani from Gandhinagar, accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of "destroying the communal harmony in the state".
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2004 07:24 PM IST

Vitthalbhai Pandya, father of slain BJP leader Haren Pandya and an independent candidate contesting against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani from Gandhinagar, today accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of "destroying the communal harmony in the state".

Addressing a dharna held under the banner of Gujarat Jan Andolan to protest against alleged "misuse" of POTA against minorities, Pandya described Modi as a "dictator" and said that "time had come to defeat people like him and Advani".

"Bad elements exist in all communities. It was totally wrong to apply POTA only against minorities", the septuagenarian said adding because of this, he had decided to contest against Advani from Gandhinagar.

Speakers at the dharna demanded immediate revocation of the anti-terror law in all cases in Gujarat.

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