Jaipur: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi yesterday claimed a Rajasthan police officer, who wanted to contest elections, had given Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi “information” on Pakistani spy agency ISI contacting Muslim youth victims of Muzaffarnagar riots.
“I tried to gather information who gave him (Gandhi) this ISI story... I came to know that a Rajasthan-based police officer who wants to fight elections on a Congress ticket passed this information to him and he in turn used it in his speech,” Modi said while addressing a rally in Udaipur.
This was the second time the Gujarat chief minister targeted Gandhi on the issue after asking the Congress leader to either apologize publicly or name those allegedly contacted by the Pakistani intelligence at his rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi on Friday.
Gandhi had made the remarks at a rally in Indore on Thursday.
Modi said the “shehzada” (prince) is busy talking about family serials in his speeches, thinking these kind of things will help the party.
“Shehzada came to Rajasthan. Even his party men did not understand what he spoke, why he spoke, for whom he spoke,” he said. Turning his guns on the Ashok Gehlot government, he asked why people should vote for a government not trusted by its own party.
Citing Gandhi’s speeches on communalism, Modi said the Congress is trying to teach his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lessons, but questioned if it had faith in Gehlot government, and if it did then why did Gandhi visit an area hit by communal riots in 2009 without informing the state government. “If he trusted their government, why did he come to visit Gopalgarh without telling anyone, without telling the CM?” he asked
Gopalgarh in Bharatpur had seen communal riots in 2009 in which 10 people were killed.
“Do you have faith in a government in which the Human Rights Commission and Minorities Commission do not have trust? Minorities Commission said that this state government cannot protect minorities. So can you trust this state government?” he said.
“The governor of Rajasthan who is from Congress... what did she say? If you cannot implement tribal welfare schemes, then let me do it. Would you like this type of government to stay in the state. They have ruined Rajasthan,” he said. Taking a dig at the Gehlot government on the number of inaugurations of projects recently, Modi said that no scissors were available in the last few months as the state government was busy in cutting ribbons.
Accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of misusing the CBI, he said that when it became clear that party leader and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje will win in Rajasthan, the agency became active against BJP’s Gulab Chand Katara, the leader of opposition.