A day after an Ahmedabad court accepted the SIT closure report giving clean chit to Narendra Modi in the Gulberg Society massacre case, BJP today demanded an apology from Congress for carrying out a "vilification campaign" against him post Gujarat riots.
The opposition party accused the Congress of "building castles on complete falsehood" through a hate campaign against its prime ministerial nominee Modi, and said it only discussed the 2002 riots in Gujarat and avoided talking about all other communal riots in the country, including 10 in the state under Congress Chief Ministers in which over 1,000 people died.
"Congress should apologise to the nation, and Modi in particular, for carrying out a personal vilification campaign for more than one decade. It is the worst kind of persecution that one can imagine...," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, adding that the verdict had vindicated Modi and proved his innocence.
The BJP leader said Modi would emerge even stronger despite his repeated persecution at the hands of the Congress, whose "emergency-like mindset" would backfire.
"The court verdict nails the falsehood in the bud. The Congress, in collaboration with pseudo-secular fidayeens continued, with its 'Target Modi Campaign' with the help of disgruntled officers and other elements. This campaign should stop now," he said.
The party also criticised Congress for its response to the verdict, saying that this showed how it (Congress) undermined various institutions of the country, including the judiciary.