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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sad about 2002 Gujarat riot: Jaswant Singh

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 10:09am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh today claimed that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was very sad about 2002 communal riots in Gujarat which he had even shared to him.

He said mood of the party at that time was something different, hence Vajpayee perhaps didn’t continue with his displeasure.

Singh’s startling revelations come as a major boost for the Congress, which has invoked Vajpayee’s ‘Rajdharma’ remark to target BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Drawing references to a speech made by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where he stated that Modi mustn't differentiate on the communist grounds; the Congress website read, "How can a person whom the tallest leader of the BJP wanted remove as chief minister, be the party's prime ministerial candidate? Will a chief minister who failed to protect his citizens, who discriminated between people on the basis of religion, who made a mockery of people's suffering, ever make a good prime minister?

Singh, who is contesting Lok Sabha election as an Independent from Barmer constituency, said he had been a witness of many such developments in the BJP but it’s not right time to reveal.

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