Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday took on Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party`s PM candidate Narendra Modi for skipping the National Integration Council (NIC) meet, claiming that the latter was avoiding some `uncomfortable questions.`
"He purposely didn`t come because he didn`t want to face uncomfortable questions," Lalu was quoted as saying by the reports.
Raking up the 2002 Gujarat riots to drive home his point at the NIC meet, Lalu said, "I see India being polarised before 2014. Amit Shah, who was the manager of Gujarat riots, is responsible for the Uttar Pradesh riots. He has now reached Bihar. I see riots across the country."
Modi and Chhattisgarh CM Dr Raman Singh skipped the NIC meet called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots.
The Congress too lashed out at the Gujarat chief minister with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla describing the BJP prime ministerial candidate as egoistic in thought and supreme in addressing the nation’s internal concerns.
Recalling that Modi had recently addressed Indian Diaspora in America, as part of his election campaign, Shukla said it was unfortunate that the Gujarat chief minister could not find time to attend a meeting of the NIC, which dealt with domestic concerns.
“He is already so egoistic that he thinks that all of these meetings are useless, and that he is supreme. Narendra Modi has time to address U.S. citizens, but does not have time to address discussions on internal harmony, peace, law and order of the country,” Shukla said.
“At a meeting at which all the chief ministers of the country were present, Narendra Modi could not find time to attend the NIC. One can only imagine what he would do if, god forbid, he comes into a more important position of power in the country,” he added.
The NIC that is constituted of Union Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Chief Ministers of all states and Union Territories met on Monday to deliberate upon the measures taken to promote communal harmony, role of social networking sites in promoting national integration and ways of tackling hate propaganda.
Other members of NIC are leaders of national and regional political parties, chairpersons of national commissions, eminent journalists, public figures and representatives of business and women`s organisations.