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Modi's 'Sadbhavana fast' was nothing but 'durbhavna fast' says BK Hariprasad

September 20, 2011 - New Delhi

Taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast, Congress General Secretary BK Hariprasad on Tuesday said that the 'Sadbhavana fast' was nothing but the 'durbhavna' fast.

Talking to reporters here, Hariprasad said: " After three-day of 'Sadbhavana fast' of Narendra Modi, people have thought that because of Sadbhavana fast, Modi might have changed but neither he has any repentance for the crime he had committed on the humanity nor he has any regret or apology. The 'Sadbhavana fast' was nothing but the 'durbhavna' (bad feeling) fast."

"It is nothing new for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which always tries to glorify the killer of the Indians. First it tried to glorify Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, now they have been trying to glorify the man who was responsible for Jansanghar (mass killing) in Gujarat," he added.

Criticising BJP for their selection of candidates for Prime Minister's post, Hariprasad said: " It is strange of BJP. The way they have been selecting their prime minister candidates. First they chose LK Advani whose name figures in Babri mosque demolition case. Now Modi's name has come up, who was involved and whose name figure in Gujarat riots."

"It is really bad that he (Modi) wants to become Prime Minister of the country, with a qualification of Gujarat riots," he added.

On Monday, Modi broke his fast by drinking lemon water. Leaders of various faiths were present there along with senior BJP leaders including Sushma Swaraj and M Venkaiah Naidu.

Modi began a "harmony fast" on Saturday to soften his image as a hardliner blamed for religious riots in 2002.

The fast was seen by many as a bid by Narendra Modi and his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to launch him as a leader on the national stage.

Seizing the moment after the Supreme court referred to a lower court a case in which Modi was accused of complicity in the 2002 violence, he used the fast to depict himself as a conciliator with a strong record to build the economy of the state.

After leading Gujarat for the past decade, there has been speculation that Modi would seek a greater role in national politics as the contender for the Prime Minister's post in the next general elections.


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