Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav flay Modi for playing sentimental card

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Vadodara, Dec 6 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav today criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for playing the sentimental card by raking up Sohrabuddin Sheikh's fake encounter case.

Reacting to Mr Modi's reported remarks on Soharabuddin, justifying his killing, the two JD(U) leaders, who were here today to campaign for their party candidates, said Mr Modi who had decided to fight Gujarat elections only on development plank, changed his track to Hindutva perhaps realising that it was not selling.

''Modi has raked up the Sohrabuddin case only to divert the attention of the people. I condemn his reported remarks,'' said the Bihar chief minister.

Alleging that Mr Modi had violated his constitutional obligation as well as the election code of conduct by making such remarks in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, JD(U) supremo Sharad Yadav warned that it was not good for Gujarat and the nation.

''No one should contest elections on such sentimental issues or cross his constitutional limits,'' he added.

During his whirlwind tour of South and Central Gujarat today, Nitish Kumar addressed four election rallies at Dharampur, Mandvi, Dediapada and Kevadia.

Reiterating his party's commitment to the development of the tribals, the Bihar chief minister said JD(U) would certainly improve upon its 2002 election performance in Gujarat to become the third force in the state.

He lamented that adivasis in the state were being neglected and said his party would continue to fight for their constitutional rights.

UNI

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