Modassa, Gujarat, Dec 6 (UNI) After kicking up a controversy over his comments on the Sohrabuddin Shiekyh encounter, Chief Minister Narendra Modi today avoided any reference to it at his public meetings in the run-up to the Assembly polls, while still making Congress president Sonia Gandhi his favourite target of attack.
Slapped with a Election Commission showcause notice asking him about his reported statement justifying the killing, Mr Modi pushed Sohrabuddin case into the back burner at the six election meetings he addressed during the day in Sabarkantha district.
He rather did what he was best at--targetting 'madam ji' for 'insulting' Gujarat by calling its Chief Minister 'maut ka saudagar' (merchant of death). He said the UPA government was rather the 'real maut ka saudagar' for protecting Parliament attack case accused Afzal Guru.
Mr Modi had created a furore in the media and among the rights activists, for 'justifying' the Sohrabuddin encounter case at a meeting in Mangrol on Tuesday.
Activist Teesta Setalvad has also written to the Election Commission stating that Mr Modi was blatantly violating the election code of conduct by 'creating divides' among the people.
Terming the Congress as a 'vehicle without a driver' for not naming their Chief Ministerial candidate, he warned people against voting for it, 'as it may lead all to dumps'.
He also blamed Ms Gandhi for the UPA government's failure to arrest the rising prices. ''Being a woman, we look upon you as a mother.
But how can you not care about the way inflation is affecting the common man,'' he asked and said ''Garib ki hai Congress ko lagegi' (the Congress will have to pay for the angst of the poor).