Cong releases clip of Uma calling Modi vinash purush

Uma said that she never saw "Hindus so frightened as in Gujarat" and that Modi is not a Vikas Purush but a Vinash Purush.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2014 1:05 am

Stoking a fresh controversy, the Congress Thursday released an old video footage of BJP leader Uma Bharti calling the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi a “vinash purush” (agent of destruction), evoking sharp criticism from the saffron party which called the Congress “desperate”.

The Congress came out with the video clip of Bharti from a press conference when she had floated the Bharatiya Janshakti Party. In the footage, Bharti was seen calling Modi “vinash purush” and not “vikas purush” (man for development), and that people in Gujarat were “fear stricken”.

“I know him since 1973… He is not a vikas purush, but a vinash purush. His claim of GDP growth and uplifting people from the BPL to APL category is fake… Gujarat got neither Ram nor roti. It should be freed from the vinash purush… It is the media which has made Modi so big, inflated the balloon,” Bharti had then told reporters.

Screening the clip, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Bharti was not in BJP when she made these remarks, but the fact remains that she was “not saying these things in the middle of an election speech”, and hence there has to be some truth in what she said.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi shot back: “Desperate times have desperate measures. Congress’s desperation is writ large. How is anybody in the country concerned about what anybody said two-three years ago? Congress’s dependence on an old video shows that this is the last-ditch effort by the party to save its first family.”

Congress also sought to compare Modi to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and said he was like a “dictator” defined by “arrogance and pride”.

Referring to Modi’s interview to a news agency on Wednesday, Singhvi said, “PM contender says he will not apologise for 2002 riots and people’s court has already judged him. We presume by that he means victories in Gujarat. Electoral verdicts do not validate genocide or communalism. Hitler and Mussolini won more elections and by larger margins than anyone else. All dictators have only one thing in common — they believe they are the judge, jury and prosecution rolled into one.”

Uma asks EC to take legal action

New Delhi: BJP leader Uma Bharti Thursday asked the Election Commission to take legal action against “meticulous dissemination of concocted video clips” on social media by “anti-BJP parties” after the Congress released a video of her purportedly describing Narendra Modi as “vinash purush (agent of destruction)”. In a letter to the EC, Bharti alleged anti-BJP parties were distorting her speech in bits and pieces and releasing it on social media with an “ulterior motive and to gain political mileage by defaming her”. Bharti also said Modi is an “exceptional” personality for whom she has “great respect and regard”. PTI

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    Prof.S.Elangovan Patriot
    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    Sonia did not even attend Narasimha rao's funeral. Can the congress distribute cd on this issue. So much respect for a senior under the tyrant leadership. OK will the congress release the cd of nira radia and kanimozhi?
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    J
    Apr 18, 2014 at 4:06 am
    Let Congress play old war of words between DMK and Congress.
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    Magnum
    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    Such a shameless party Congress are, they have got nothing good to do other than bringing down their opponent leader, in last 60 years they did nothing for the nation other than corruption.
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    vishal patel
    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    Congress dirty trick department at his best...because they dont have anything good to offer to people of India... nothing to give from 10 years of UPA rule...
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    Counselor Shripad
    Apr 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm
    ... I am surprised... that... Indian Express knows very well.. that EVEN CONGRESS also says that this video belonged to the period.. which DOES NOT KEEP ANY RELEVANCE ... in today's context....STILL IT IS providing platform for Congress ..to spread this MESSAGE... acting on behalf of CONGRESS?......iT IS A TOTAL SURPRISE TO ME...?
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    Counselor Shripad
    Apr 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    ...Congress wants to get some Votes.. I can understand..by distributing this Video....But what does INDIAN EXPRESS expect from its readers...by helping Congress... to spread this message through them?????.. which is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT today....even Congress ADMITS SO...as stated by INDIAN EXPRESS only in this SAME news article...then still?
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    sam
    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    So what the pak agent AK49 was saying is true."I am more afraid of a lion leading 100 sheep, than a 100 lions led by one sheep"
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    Sunil
    Apr 18, 2014 at 6:20 am
    Congress is doing the same thing what BJP has been doing since last 2-3 years. Both are two sides of the same coin.
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