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Cong attacks Advani for praising Modi

New Delhi: Congress today launched a sharp attack on L K Advani for praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his blog, suggesting that the BJP leader was doing it due to electoral compulsions in his Parliamentary seat Gandhinagar.

"Advani has been singing paeans of Gujarat Chief Minister in his blog. It is not something which is really unexpected because in electoral mathematics of Parliamentary elections, if he has to be individually factored in, after all he has to go to Gandhinagar," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

Accusing the media of a conscious effort at vilification of Modi, Advani had yesterday said no political leader in India`s history has been as "systematically and viciously maligned" as the Gujarat Chief Minister. Advani was referring to media reports on former President A P J Abdul Kalam`s book `Turning Points` where he discusses his visit to the state after the 2002 Gujarat riots. Pointing out "division" in Gujarat BJP, the Congress spokesperson said that when Advani praises Modi, a question arises that who should be believed.

"The former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel says there is no freedom of expression in Gujarat and the state is really under the spectre of dictatorship. Former BJP General Secretary Sanjay Joshi claims his life is under threat. He is not allowed even to board a train passing through Gujarat. "And then Advani says his Chief Minister is being vilified wrongly. The difficulty is that the entire politics of the BJP and the RSS since its inception is based on disinformation, innuendo and campaign of calumny," Tewari told reporters here.

Attacking the BJP for taking to an "inexplicable low" the campaign in the Presidential election in 2007 and now, Tewari said that the party has also levelled allegations of personal nature against Prime Minister Manmohan in last eight years of UPA. "There is a moral hazard in this process of self- certification from the purveyors of falsehood," he said, adding that people need to be aware about it.

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