New Delhi: Striking a combative note after
the resignation of Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, the BJP
on Saturday said it fully supported Chief Minister Narendra Modi and
any move to target him will "boomerang" on the Congress.
"The Congress needs to learn that the more they try to
scratch Modi, It will boomerang on them," party spokesperson
Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
He ruled out any possibility of Modi stepping down as
demanded by the Congress. Shah, a close aide of Modi, resigned
today after CBI brought murder and kidnapping charges against
him in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in 2005.
Prasad alleged that the UPA government was trying to
frame the Gujarat Home Minister in a case against Sohrabuddin
from whom several AK-47s were recovered and who was linked to
underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
"This is the Congress design to divert attention from the
fiasco in Pakistan, the mess-up in Kashmir, price rise,
rotting of grains and the historical mess-up on Warren
Anderson," he said.
Prasad said the BJP will expose the "duplicity and
misuse" of the CBI by the Congress.
"We will expose this device of distraction adopted by the
Congress....we have enough ammunition to nail this government
on the abuse CBI," he said.
On P Chidambram`s statement that the BJP should have
objected when Shah`s name first figured in the case, Prasad
said the Home Minister has been in the Congress for long and
would remember "how CBI was used to help Bofors accused
Ottavio Quattrochi escape, to give a clean chit to Jagdish
Tytler (in anti-Sikh riots) and a `bounty` to Satish Sharma
(apparent reference to petrol pump allotment scam).
"We have seen how CBI was abused as a tool to manage Lalu
Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati," he said.
He further alleged that though "Rs 2000 crore were
recovered from the chamber" of UPA Minister A Raja, the Prime
Minister did not take any action.
On Amit Shah`s resignation, the party said he was being
framed and it stood by him.
"BJP took a position that once the chargesheet was filed,
which we will contest strongly as it is a frame-up, he (Shah)
resigned immediately. This the standard of BJP," it said.
The party said the "mischievous designs of the CBI" will
be exposed in court. "We have always had the highest regard
for our judicial system and always cooperate with law, so
there will be a legal fight," BJP spokesperson Prakash
He maintained that though Shah has resigned, the party
was fully with him and will be raising its voice against
"abuse of CBI for political purposes."
"He will fight against the mischievous designs of CBI in
the court and the truth will be upheld," Javadekar said.