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Terror attacks: Modi,Chidambaram clash

Home Minister P Chidambaram and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday fired salvos at each other over the latter’s remarks concerning....

Written by Express News Service & PTI | New Delhi/ahmedabad | Published: February 12, 2009 12:52 am

Home Minister P Chidambaram and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday fired salvos at each other over the latter’s remarks concerning “local links” in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Asked about similarities between Modi’s remarks and Pakistan’s allegation that “internal elements” were involved in the attacks,Chidambaram said in New Delhi: “You should ask Narendra Modi whether he and Pakistan are in contact with each other.”

At the national executive meeting of the BJP in Nagpur,Modi had reportedly said that the Mumbai attackers had received “local support”. Later,on Tuesday,however,Modi pointed out that he had been quoted out of context: “I meant to say that if Pakistan executed such a massive operation then it would not have been possible without a local recce. There must have been some networking. The Indian Government should also probe that angle.”

But the Congress attacked the Chief Minister,saying his remarks were “anti-national”.

Reacting to Chidambaram’s remarks on Wednesday,Modi hit back asking the Home Minister what kind of “friendship” he has with Pakistan that the Centre has not completed fencing work on the Gujarat border. “I ask Chidambaram,why have you not completed the fencing of the Gujarat border with Pakistan. What kind of friendship you have with Pakistan,” Modi said.

Addressing a gathering of BJP workers on the death anniversary of BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhayaya in Ahmedabad,Modi said: “Don’t force me to react,or it will be difficult for you to handle what I say.”

He added,“I have been telling the Union Government to do whatever they want to do with Pakistan,but at least catch the local people who would have helped the terrorists to execute the 26/11 terror attacks…but they keep mum on the issue. They should admit that despite high-level investigations they are unable to get any leads on the local contacts in the Mumbai terror attacks.”

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