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Congress rakes up the post- Godhra riots issue against PM Narendra Modi

Congress on Friday raked up the post- Godhra riots issue against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, latching onto the claims by former daulat-to demand that Modi apologise for the communal violence in 2002 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The party also questioned BJP’s commitment to fighting terrorism and alleged it was wearing a “mask of nationalism”.

Citing certain claims by Dulat including on the “goof up” in the IC-814 hijack in 1999, he accused the ruling party of always compromising with terrorists and terrorism.

Party spokesman Ajoy Kumar launched a scathing attack on Modi, saying “Dulat says that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee believed that he lost the 2004 elections in view of the Gujarat riots…Bharat Ratna Vajpayee has clearly condemned …the shameful incidents of 2002.” He said it was Vajpayee who had reminded “Chief Minster Modi to follow raj dharma”.

“Will Narendra Modi respect the words of the Bharat Ratna and apologise to the country for 2002?”, Kumar asked while talking to reporters.

The handling of the Gujarat riots by Modi has been at the centre of a controversy.

Kumar said the interview by former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has brought “certain disturbing facts” in the open including that the Vajpayee government was in “active communication” with the Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and even admitted his son to a medical course.

“It shows the pseudo-nationalism of the BJP…. Whenever in power, it has compromised with terrorists and terrorism,” he alleged, adding that Saluhaddin and his organisation was responsible for the killings of thousands in the country.

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