It’s a habit BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has honed into an art – bending the barrel of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s gun on his own head. On Saturday, while addressing a massive rally in Udaipur, Modi claimed to have decoded the source of Congress V-P’s claims that Muslim youths, victims of riots in Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), were in touch with Pakistani Intelligence.
Modi claimed a police officer from Rajasthan, who has designs on contesting the Assembly elections, had given Rahul Gandhi the said piece of information on Pakistani agency ISI contacting the victims of Muzaffarnagar riots. “I started to look for information on the person who gave him (Rahul Gandhi) the ISI story. That’s when I came to know that a Rajasthan-based police officer who wants to fight elections on a Congress ticket passed on this information to him,” Modi said about the origins of the information, which sparked a nationwide debate.
Modi took a swipe at Gandhi’s gullibility before telling his audience that the Congress vice-president shared this piece of information with the people who attended his rallies in Churu and Alwar.
Immediately after Modi’s admission, the political and bureaucratic circles abuzz with discussions on who the police official could be.
There are names of several policemen in fray, who are either planning to throw their hat in the ring or their kin are looking for ticket to contest the Assembly polls.
Modi has been refusing to let go of Gandhi on the issue. He had during his rallies in MP demanded a public apology from the Congress leader for making such a statement. Modi had even dared Rahul Gandhi to reveal the names of those allegedly contacted by the Pakistani intelligence.
Citing Gandhi’s speeches on communalism, Modi asked if he had faith in Ashok Gehlot government. “If he trusted this government, why then did he visit riot-torn Gopalgarh without telling anyone, without informing the CM?” he asked. In 2009 riots led to the death of 10 people.
Attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the coal scam, he said that the Congress uses CBI for political benefits.
“Had even a single allegation cropped up against him or other BJP leaders, the CBI wouldn’t have waited to put them behind bars, but it has not done so in the case of Prime Minister,” Modi said, adding, “Allegations have been levelled against the PMO. A senior official has directly made allegations against the Prime Minister in the Coal scam. Had such allegations been levelled against Vasundhara Raje, Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh or Raman Singh, the CBI would have put us behind bars without wasting time.”
Calling Rahul “shehzada” (prince), Modi said he is busy dishing out family serials in his speeches, thinking his outpouring about his family would help the party. “The Shehzada came to Rajasthan. Even his party men did not understand what he said and why he said,” he took a swipe at Rahul.