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Former R&AW chief AS Dulat’s revelations: Congress, BJP spar over Gujarat riots, Kandahar hijack claims

Congress said the BJP and the Prime Minister should tender an unconditional apology to the nation for having aided, abetted and favoured anti-India elements.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2015 8:40 am
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The Congress on Friday used former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief A S Dulat’s book to target the BJP — focussing on his remarks on the Gujarat riots and the Kandahar hijack.

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According to Dulat, former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee believed the 2002 Gujarat riots was a “mistake”. The former R&AW chief also said the authorities “goofed up” during the 1999 Indian Airlines hijack.

“The foundation of terrorism, not only in India but in the entire world, (was laid) when three terrorists were let loose by a soft government led by the BJP,” Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said on Friday.

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“The BJP government created a permanent security threat to the country in the shape of Jaish-e-Muhammad which Maulana Masood Azhar founded in Pakistan. These released terrorists were among those who engineered the attack on Indian Parliament in 2008, 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and several other ‘bleeding cuts’ to our nation,” he said, accusing the BJP of practising “false nationalism” and “fake patriotism”.

He said the BJP and the Prime Minister should tender an unconditional apology to the nation for having aided, abetted and favoured anti-India elements.

Another spokesperson, Ajoy Kumar, focussed on Dulat’s remarks on Vajpayee’s reported reaction after the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. According to the book, Vajpayee, while referring to the Gujarat riots, said, “Woh hamare se galti hui”.

“Bharat Ratna Vajpayee has clearly condemned the shameful incidents of 2002… will Narendra Modi respect the words of the Bharat Ratna and apologise to the country for 2002,” Kumar asked.

The BJP hit back at the Congress for raking up the Gujarat riots for its “political survival”. “I think time as well as all that has happened has made that question completely irrelevant. Congress has used every method and every strata of the administration, as well as the courts and every court, including Supreme Court, has done 10 years or more of the most thorough investigation… and found nothing against the present honourable Prime Minister. In fact, Congress should apologise for raising questions about his integrity,” said BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar.

Akbar also rejected Dulat’s claims about a “goof-up” in handling the hijack, and said the decision to save the Indians on board the plane was taken after consultations with everyone. “On Kandahar, consultations were held at the highest level by senior leaders of NDA. It was a national crisis. In the spirit of the Vajpayee government, consultations were held with all the parties,” he said.

“Since the Congress has raised it, I challenge it to answer one question: Should those around 200 Indians have been allowed to die? Please ask them this question and please ask them to respond,” he added.

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    kabir
    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm
    Really man? Why even bother to comment here from stan? Its our matter and you are stani. Your posts clearly is inspired by mainstream stanai media news...
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    1. Bhag Mal Chauhan
      Jul 4, 2015 at 7:32 am
      BJP damaged the nation right from the pre-independence. then it was sangh.
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        Syed Azmathullah
        Jul 4, 2015 at 3:46 am
        Ahriman has been active since independence as Hindutva and, the saffron gangs. It is employing traitors everywhere to boost its claims, and one such is the renegade M,J, Akbar. Others such as Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have married into Hindutva. Hema Malini supported Narendra Modi when he was supervising carnage in the Gujarat riots. The blood that she relished made her make up in the accident.
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          Mangoman
          Jul 4, 2015 at 4:57 am
          this is handiwork of SONGRESS...TO TROUBLE MODI...AND PREVENT HIM DOING GOOD JOB
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            Mohan
            Jul 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm
            The Congress should be more concerned with their record of GENOCIDE of the Sikhs under Congressman Rajiv hi as PM in Delhi 1984. 3000 Sikhs butchered in just 2 days. NO PERSON OF ANY OTHER COMMUNITY WAS KILLED.. The Delhi police did not shoot and kill or wound a single rioter ! Rajiv hi shamelessly justified it by saying -- when a big tree falls the earth shakes. NOT AN IOTA OF FEELING S FOR THOSE KILLED AND BEREAVED. Whereas in Gujarat 2002 both as CM took the best possible action -- and he tops among all CMs and PMs in independent India who had to control riots-- just study the reports on riots Gujarat 1969, Delhi 1984 Gujarat 1985, Bhagalpur 1989 and Gujarat 2002. The nation should thank the Lord that Modi was CM in 2002 in Gujarat, and not some like Rajiv hi of Delhi 1984
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