Narendra Modi is totally secular: BJP

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New Delhi, April 13: The BJP on Friday asserted that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was "totally secular" and stressed that the state has not witnessed any riot since 2002. The BJP's statement came on the eve of the JD(U)'s crucial two-day national meeting where the latter is likely to harden its stand on the issue of the NDA's prime ministerial candidate.

The JD(U) is in favour of a secular candidate for the next Lok Sabha polls, keeping its minority votes in mind, while the 2002 Gujarat riots project Modi's image as anti-minority.

BJP spokesperson Capt. Abhimanyu said Gujarat has a history of riots but there has been no riots since February 2002. He said it shows a positive and secular governance by Modi. The BJP spokesperson also attacked Union minister Veerappa Moily for drawing parallels between the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and 2002 Gujarat riots.

Abhimanyu said the Congress's efforts to compare the two riots reveals its Modiphobia, adding that the comparison was a sort of cheating.

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