The Congress on Saturday said if Sardar Patel had been alive, then there would not have been the leadership of L.K. Advani and Narendra Modi nor would there have been communal terrorism.
Taking a dig at Gujarat chief minister Modi for his statement that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been alive, innocent people would not have lost their lives due to terrorist activities, Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said: “If Sardar Patel had been alive, then there would not have been the leadership of L.K. Advani and Narendra Modi nor there would have been communal terrorism.”
The Congress also chose to be cautious on party AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh’s controversial statement that he did not rule out the involvement of the Sangh in the Mumbai serial blasts.
“Ït is the job of the investigating agencies to decide whom to include and whom to exclude” in the probe, Mr Ahmed told reporters while reacting to Mr Singh’s statement, which drew sharp criticism from the BJP.
Mr Ahmed downplayed the controversy arising out of Maharashtra chief minister’s statement that the NCP, the Congress’ ally in the state, should not have been given the home portfolio. The chief minister has clarified that he has been quoted out of context and there is “no misunderstanding” now on the issue.
On the issue of the Supreme Court appointing an SIT to look into black money, the Congress said that the review being sought of the Supreme Court’s order was a matter between the government and the court.
This is a matter between the government and the court. It is enshrined in our Constitution that whenever any organisation or an individual has any reservations about any judgement, it appeals to a larger bench or a higher court,” Mr Ahmed said. Asian Age