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Modi politically irrelevant outside Gujarat: Congress

‘It’s a confused party with a confused agenda and confused people. Those who are confused behave only this way,’ Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said.

Congress on Thursday taunted BJP,terming it as a “confused” party for “not being able to handle its internal conflict” over naming Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate and said that the Gujarat Chief Minister is “not politically relevant outside” that state.

“The entire country is watching what kind of pulls and pressures are happening within the BJP. A party,which is trying to come power to rule the country,is not being able to handle its internal conflicts.

“It’s a confused party with a confused agenda and confused people. Those who are confused behave only this way,” party spokesperson Meem Afzal told reporters.

The moves to formally announce Modi as the candidate that gained momentum after the go-ahead given by RSS last week,are learnt to have been opposed by a section of BJP led by Advani.

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Congress general secretary in-charge for Haryana,Delhi and Punjab,Shakeel Ahmed,said that Modi has no impact outside Gujarat,when asked about the Gujarat Chief Minister’s plan to address a rally in Rewari on September 15 after having addressed similar rallies in other states — Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

“He (Modi) is not relevant outside Gujarat. Whenever he goes outside Gujarat,BJP loses. Karnataka Assembly poll result is the latest example. Whereever Modi addressed rallies in Karnataka,BJP lost. He has no impact outside Gujarat. We don’t consider Modi politically relevant ouside Gujarat,” Ahmed said.

Afzal rejected contentions that Congress could be involved in blackening of Modi’s posters in Rewari saying his party does not believe in such petty politics.

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“With the kind of internal fight that is going on within the BJP,who knows it may be the handiwork of some of them,” the Congress spokesperson said. Party general secretary Ahmed also had a dig at Modi over the issue of corruption.

“When Modi talks of corruption he forgets BJP’s Bangaru,Gadkari,Nishank,Dhumal,Yedyurappa & Bokhiria etc,etc&why is he afraid of Lokayukta?” he posted on the microblogging site Twitter.

He was apparently referring to the cash on camera scam involving former BJP president Bangaru Laxman,controversies surrounding irregularities in companies owned by another former BJP president Nitin Gadkari,corruption allegations against former BJP Chief Ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank,Prem Kumar Dhumal and B S Yeddyurappa of Uttarakhand,Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka respectively.

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Babu Bokharia’s continuance in Modi government despite corruption charges had earlier led to a controversy.

First published on: 13-09-2013 at 04:54:12 am
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