Congress rakes up Vajpayee’s Rajdharma remark post 2002 Gujarat riots to take on Modi

Congress has posted a writeup on its website referring to Vajpayee's concerns over Gujarat riots. Video inside.

Written by Shobhit Sujay | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2014 11:59 am

If Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Lal Bahadur Shastri are the Congressmen who Narendra Modi has used during his campaign for Lok Sabha elections, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the face from the BJP that the Congress party has used to attack the Opposition’s PM candidate.

On its website, the Congress party has posted an article referring to the concerns raised by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The writeup on the Congress website talks about Vajpayee’s belief that the BJP would lose its credibility if action was not taken against Modi.

It also mentions a statement by Vajpayee: “Some people wanted to remove him. I was of the same opinion.”

The writeup further says that Jaswant Singh, who was recently expelled from the BJP, had also confirmed the concerns of Vajpayee over Modi’s failure to prevent the Gujarat riots.

It further says, “The fundamental cause of Shri Vajpayee’s pain was that Shri Modi didn’t perform his Rajdharma. He did not fulfil his fundamental duty as the chief minister: protecting the lives of the people of Gujarat. Towards the last ebb of the Gujarat riots, Shri Vajpayee urged Shri Modi to “observe Rajdharma and not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion”. It is evident that Shri Vajpayee believed that the Gujarat CM had been not only inept but downright partisan in his handling of the riots.”

In the end of the writeup, the Congress has questioned how people can trust someone who “failed to protect his citizens” to become the Prime Minister of the country. It also points that Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla was also forced to quit the party and join the Congress, and even Jaswant Singh, a close aide of Vajpayee, was moved out of the party.

The writeup has also attacked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, terming him as an adversary of Vajpayee, even accusing him of “masterminding the downfall of the Vajpayee government”.

This writeup has been posted by the Congress party days after an old video of a press conference by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, with Modi by his side, went viral on social media. In the video, Vajpayee is seen advising the Gujarat Chief Minister to follow “Raj dharma”, and Modi intervenes at the end of the statement, claiming he is doing the same.

Here’s the video of the press conference:

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  1. R
    Apr 18, 2014 at 10:17 am
    "raj dharma" is a term very rarely used in modern India. It is code our leaders forgot, a duty they lost.Originally meant for kings but applicable to ALL leaders. It is a very deep statement to a respectable leader.
    1. G
      Apr 11, 2014 at 7:15 am
      Congress' desperation is so evident. If this is not a Modi wave what is then ?
      1. P.S.Arunachalam Arunachalam
        Apr 12, 2014 at 7:04 am
        INC stalwarts are very good in raking up History as and when it suits them.
        1. R
          Ritika pandey
          Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 am
          there are lot of good people who have been suppressed in the BJP in order to make place for Modi.people can't support that type of person to become PM of india,
          1. S
            sunny gupta
            Apr 12, 2014 at 7:35 am
            For good governance it is important to connect with the people and bring them together. Whenever there is natural calamity, if people partite in it, then one is able to come out of it fast, but MOdi can't do that.
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