Modi accuses Congress of spewing poison

 03 Feb 2014 - 10:33


NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, favourite to win this year’s election, accused the ruling Congress party of “spewing poison” as he hit back yesterday against a string of attacks from its leaders.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul have all targeted Modi in recent weeks for overseeing savage communal riots a decade ago as chief minister of western Gujarat state.
Rahul, who is masterminding the Congress election campaign, said in a rare interview last week that Modi’s government was guilty of “abetting” the 2002 riots which left up to 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead.
But speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh, which has itself been the scene of recent deadly communal violence, Modi accused Congress of spreading division.
“Who has been in power for most of the last 60 years?” said Modi, leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Who is spewing this poison? Who is harvesting the poison? They (Congress) are the ones who sow the seeds of poison.”
The BJP has a big lead in the opinion polls over Congress but Modi — while much more popular than Rahul Gandhi — is a polarising figure whose reputation continues to be dogged by the 2002 riots. 
In a press conference last month, Singh accused Modi of “presiding over the massacre of innocent citizens” while Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP in a speech on Saturday of fomenting hatred with its nationalist policies.
While Rahul Gandhi insisted in his television interview that Congress could still win the election, which is due in May, opinion polls show it heading for a humiliating defeat.
AFP
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, favourite to win this year’s election, accused the ruling Congress party of “spewing poison” as he hit back yesterday against a string of attacks from its leaders.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul have all targeted Modi in recent weeks for overseeing savage communal riots a decade ago as chief minister of western Gujarat state.
Rahul, who is masterminding the Congress election campaign, said in a rare interview last week that Modi’s government was guilty of “abetting” the 2002 riots which left up to 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead.
But speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh, which has itself been the scene of recent deadly communal violence, Modi accused Congress of spreading division.
“Who has been in power for most of the last 60 years?” said Modi, leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Who is spewing this poison? Who is harvesting the poison? They (Congress) are the ones who sow the seeds of poison.”
The BJP has a big lead in the opinion polls over Congress but Modi — while much more popular than Rahul Gandhi — is a polarising figure whose reputation continues to be dogged by the 2002 riots. 
In a press conference last month, Singh accused Modi of “presiding over the massacre of innocent citizens” while Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP in a speech on Saturday of fomenting hatred with its nationalist policies.
While Rahul Gandhi insisted in his television interview that Congress could still win the election, which is due in May, opinion polls show it heading for a humiliating defeat.
AFP