Cong rakes up Atal’s ‘raj dharma’ barb to attack Modi

In an unusual move, the Congress has put up photograph of BJP icon Atal Bihari Vajpayee on its official website along with his 2002 remark that Narendra Modi did not follow “raj dharma” as the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the post-Godhra riots.

In a fresh offensive against the NDA’s prime ministerial nominee, the Congress has alleged that the BJP has “forgotten the man” who wanted Modi “out”.

“No leader in the BJP can match the stature of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” the website said. “Shri Vajpayee was clear what was the reason for the defeat: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s failure to control the communal pogrom in his state in 2002. He believed that the party will lose its credibility unless it took action against Shri Modi,” the online post stated.