New Delhi: Hitting out at Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi for targeting Sonia Gandhi on the
Bhopal gas tragedy issue, the Congress today said it was a
"cheap and blatant" attempt to divert attention from the
"debacle" of BJP`s national executive held at Patna.
"BJP has alienated itself, not just from its coalition
allies, but also finds itself alienated from the people of
India due to divisive, disruptive and communal brand of
politics practiced by leaders like Narendra Modi," Congress
spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said here.
Natarajan said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar`s reaction speaks of "the anger and distrust people of
India feel for Modi". She said the incident is an ample proof
of "the fact that the entire country outside Gujarat has
rejected Modi and his agenda".
Describing Modi as "little more than a photo forger,
who does not have the stature or moral authority to speak
about Gandhi", the Congress spokesperson demanded that he
apologise to the nation "for playing a fraud upon the people
Attacking Gandhi, Modi had yesterday asked her to
break her silence to explain who was the `Maut ka saudagar`
(merchant of death) for the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy.
"Narendra Modi has deliberately tried to target the
Congress President in order to divert attention from his own
ignominy and discomfiture that the ally of BJP and Chief
Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar refused to even share a stage
with him and has objected publicly and vociferously to
advertisements, which show him shaking hands with Narendra
"This is nothing more than a cheap and blatant attempt
to divert attention from the pathetic debacle of the national
executive of BJP held at Patna, where it has lost one of its
most important ally, thereby highlighting the final and
complete collapse of the erstwhile NDA," Natarjan told
She also asked Modi to apologise to the people of
the minority community in Azamgarh "for falsely depicting" a
picture of girls from Shibli College there as being an
example of the progress of the minority community in Gujarat.