New Delhi, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

As BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today sought to distance himself from the controversial statements of VHP leader Pravin Togadia and Giriraj Singh of Bihar BJP, his inability to act against them have drawn irate responses from BJP's opponents.

As the media went ahead with full blast, highlighting the statements of these two leaders, Mr Modi distanced himself through a clarificatory tweet 'I disapprove any such irresponsible statement and appeal to those making them to kindly refrain from doing so'.

'Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP's well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development and good governance,' Mr Modi tweeted without taking names.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi took Mr Modi to task for taking recourse to tweets instead of acting against the erring colleagues.

His tweets were nothing but a mock fight (noora kusti) unless followed by an action against the two recognised 'pariwar members,' Mr Jaitley remarked.

CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat reminded Mr Modi that he was also Chief Minister of Gujarat and if some one had made offensive statement in Bhavnagar, good governance demands that the offender is sent to jail, she said.

While Mr Giriraj, BJP's candidate from Nawada in Bihar said that Mr Modi's opponents may have to opt for Pakistan if they disagreed with him, Mr Togadia had exhorted the residents of Bhavnagar to occupy the properties purchased by Muslims in Hindu residential areas to prevent proliferation of their population.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)