Unfair to target Modi after clean chit, says BJP

Dismissing suggestions that the BJP would be damaged by PM Manmohan Singh targeting its PM candidate Narendra Modi, the main opposition party Friday condemned Singh's scathing attack on the Gujarat CM, citing the clean chit to him by an Ahmedabad court.

"It is unfortunate and highly condemnable that in spite of getting a clean chit from the court and SIT, Narendra Modi has been targeted by the PM," BJP president Rajnath Singh said, hours after Singh had said that Modi as PM would be "disastrous" for the country.

The PM had also lashed out at Modi by accusing him of presiding over a mass massacre of innocent citizens on the streets of Ahmedabad, referring to the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, stressed that Modi had been vindicated by the electoral as well as the judicial process.

"He today manufactured a new logic that corruption happened during UPA-1 and he won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. It is the first time a PM has argued that electoral sanction of a corrupt government wipes out the corruption," Jaitley said. "If his logic is accepted that the taint of 2G spectrum scam and coal block allotment scam is wiped out, then he should have accepted the electoral verdicts of 2002, 2007 and 2012. The benefit of his own logic should be extended to Modi as well," Jaitley said referring to Modi's victories in Gujarat.

"The Supreme Court appointed SIT and the courts have both vindicated him. The electorate gave him a thumbs up thrice," Jaitley said in a signed article and said that the PM had belittled the status of his position by targeting Modi.

"Opinion polls indicate that he is the most popular leader in race for becoming the PM and yet Dr Manmohan Singh used phrases like 'disastrous' and 'mass murder'.... By using this phraseology the PM has demeaned his office. Is he willing to use the same phraseology for the PM as on 1st November, 1984 during whose tenure the worst ever genocide in the country took place against the Sikh community and for which nobody till date has been held responsible," Jaitley said.

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