New Delhi, April 17: The Congress today reacted sharply to Narendra Modi’s argument that he didn’t need to apologise for the 2002 riots as the people’s court had judged him and reminded the BJP mascot that most of the world’s dictators were popular and elected.
“(Adolf) Hitler, (Benito) Mussolini, Idi Amin were all elected. Electoral verdicts don’t validate genocide and violence. Modi still has to await the day of reckoning,” spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told journalists.
Asked if the Congress was showing signs of desperation by comparing Modi to the likes of Hitler, Singhvi said: “Not at all. Did Modi betray desperation when he attacked us from day one?”
The Congress was referring to Modi’s interview in which he said he didn’t need to apologise for the 2002 riots as he was in the people’s court.
Singhvi said criminal cases were decided in courts of law and not in the court of the people as Modi seemed to suggest.
This is the first time a prime ministerial aspirant in India has been compared to such widely condemned historical figures. Rahul Gandhi too has been drawing a parallel between Hitler and Modi.
Singhvi played an old video of BJP leader Uma Bharti in which she appears to condemn Modi as “vinash purush (man of destruction)”.
Uma’s speech had come at a news conference during the time she had quit the BJP. Asked why the Congress was trying to exploit an old video, particularly since Uma was not in the BJP at that time, Singhvi said: “That’s why she is speaking the truth.”