Modi accuses Congress of defaming 'Gujarati Hindus'

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Godhra, Dec 5 (UNI) Raising his pitch on terrorism issue, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of defaming Hindus of the state by describing them as ''atankwadis (terrorists)''.

''The Congress was defaming Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by calling Hindus of Gujarat ''atankwadis (terrorists),'' he said in an election meeting at Godhra, the most sensitive town where the attack on Sabarmati Express train on February 27, 2002 had led to the worst-ever communal riots in the state.

Referring to Congress leader Digvijay Singh's statement in which the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister had said there was Hindu extremism in Gujarat, Mr Modi asked the crowd whether they were 'Hindus' to which the chorus was ''yes''.

''But, are you atankwadis as the Congress says?'' Mr Modi asked the gathering, to which they answered ''no'' in unison.

Referring to the ''Ramsethu'' issue, Mr Modi again asked the gathering whether they believed Lord Ram had existed. ''Yes'', said the gathering. ''Do you believe the Ramsethu had been built?'' Again the gathering replied in the affirmative.

But, the Congress-led UPA Government does not believe so. In an affidavit in the Supreme Court, it has said that neither Lord Ram was born nor was ''Ramsethu'' was built, Mr Modi told his audience.


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