Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Congress compares Modi with dictators like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin and Zia Ul Haq, says popularity doesn’t mean exoneration from charges of human rights violations

New Delhi : Congress on Thursday compared Narendra Modi with dictators like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin and Zia Ul Haq. “All these dictators were popularly elected but their election did not mean their exoneration from charges of genocide and human rights violations”, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.

Singhvi was reacting to Modi repeatedly ruling out in various interviews that he will not apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots as ‘people’s court has already judged him’.

Insisting that electoral verdicts in any way does not validate either genocide or communalism, Singhvi said both Hitler and Mussolini had won elections with wide margins and so was the situation with Idi Amin and Zia Ul Haq.

“Popularly elected dictators – Modi in Gujarat…and Idi Amin in Uganda…one thing is common: they are judge, jury and prosecutor, all rolled into one. They have no compassion, no ‘karuna’. They never apologise as they are convinced of their infallibility. They look at the letter and never at the spirit,” he said.

Noting that pride and arrogance also come to dictators, he suggested that they fail to understand that certain issues were not politics, but principles.

“Compassion and apology are ….alien to BJP and Modi,” he said noting that dictators never apologise as they feel that they are infallible. He said that the issues of brotherhood, secularism and inclusion overshadow the development claims in Gujarat.

“What is the connect between and electoral victory and what happened in 2002 in Gujarat. Is it a Parkinson’s logic,” he said, adding there was no hope in hell that BJP was winning” when pointed about Modi’s remarks that the issue of apology would not have arisen if he had lost the elections in 2002 or 2007.

Singhvi also refused to hazard a guess about Modi’s remarks on 2014 Lok Sabha polls saying the BJP leader may be a soothsayer and prophets and will not predict what will happen.

Asked about Modi’s remark that BJP government will not vindictive if voted to power, Shingvi said “it is like cat going to Haj after killing 1000 mice.” He said that Modi keeps talking about the decision of people’s courts regarding 2002 riots but the fact is that even the real courts in the country “have not opined finally on clean chit by SIT” to him.

He said that there are laws in the country and the BJP leader should wait for the day of his reckoning. “No final decision has yet come either from High Court or the Supreme Court. You can not run away from courts on the pretext of popularity,” Singhvi said.

BJP is Godse’s party

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described the BJP as the party of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. “The Congress Party is the party which takes everyone together, talks about brotherhood and connecting all religions, castes and regions, and is Mahatma Gandhi’s party. On the other hand, there is the BJP, which divides people. On the one hand, it is Gandhi and on the other, it is Godse,” said Gandhi.

“From their language, it appears as if no one ever did anything for Gujarat. Only one person knows everything and his name is Narendra Modi. What do they know? What did they do? As if only one person knows everything about Gujarat, Unnao, India and the world. And, you are just not needed,” said Gandhi.  –PTI

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