New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) Attacking the Centre for threatening to use Article 355 in Orissa and Karnataka, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the Government was ''playing vote-bank politics to please the Madam (referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi)''.
He said by giving such threats, the Government was trying to divert attention from the terror attacks that were rocking several parts of the country.
''Why did not the Government think of imposing the said Article when Hindi-speaking people in Assam were being targetted or when Nandigram was burning for months. Why was not there any talk of Article 355 in Jammu and Kashmir?'' he said, speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of an orientation programme on Climate Change, being conducted for senior Gujarat Government officers at TERI here.
He said it was a shame that the Government was slammed by the Supreme Court for not able to protect Assam from ''external aggression'' due to continued illegal migration of Bangladeshis, when it struck down the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination through Tribunal) Act.
''The Government was now doling out to such threats to BJP-ruled states to please the Madam. They want to do an aarti of the Ma'm with 355 candles,''he said.
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