Cong criticises Advani for defending Narendra Modi

Congress took a jibe at senior BJP leader L K Advani for defending Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for his alleged role during the post-Godhra riots, saying it was a case of "self-infatuation".

New Delhi: Congress on Sunday took a jibe at
senior BJP leader L K Advani for defending Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role during the
post-Godhra riots, saying it was a case of "self-infatuation".

"This (the Gujarat riots) is one of the cases being
investigated by SIT and that report has been given (to the
Supreme Court) in a sealed cover. Modi, BJP or even Advani
cannot escape responsibility for whatever has happened in
Gujarat," Congress spokesperson Mohan Prakash said here.

He was reacting to Advani`s blog in which he said
that reports that SIT has cleared Modi of wilfully not
stopping post Godhra riots was "most heartening".

"Killing of innocents in BJP-ruled state took place
when Modi was Chief Minister and Advani was Deputy Prime
Minister and Home Minister of the country. If they are no
responsible, then who else is. This is a classic case of
self-infatuation," he said.

Prakash said BJP tries to take political advantage if
a probe by any investigation agency appears going in its
favour, but casts doubts on the functioning of the
investigation agencies and constitutional bodies when their
findings do not favour it.

In his latest blog posting, Advani today said it was
"most heartening" to know that the Supreme Court appointed SIT
has not found any substantial evidence against Modi in the
post-Godhra riots.

Putting up a strong defence of the Gujarat Chief
Minister, Advani said in his 60 years of political life he has
not known any of his colleague "so consistently, so viciously
maligned by opponents as Narendra Modi".

"The most heartening news I have read in a long, long
time" is a report that Special Investigation Team clears Modi
of wilfully allowing post-Godhra riots, Advani said.

According to a media report, the SIT has cleared Modi
of the charge that he failed to discharge his constitutional
duty to intervene swiftly and stop the communal riots.

PTI

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