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Surat, December 7
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hit back at the BJP for accusing the Congress of being anti-Hindu, saying it was a measure of the ‘fear and uncertain future’ faced by the saffron party.

Singh, who arrived in Surat for poll campaigning, took the BJP head on and said it was ‘not a good sign’ for any political party to divide the country on communal lines.

Addressing a press conference, Singh rejected the charge of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress was anti-Hindu.

"I do not have much to say about the law and order situation here. If you are with the government machinery you are safe and if you are not with the government then God help you.

“Is the Indian Constitution not equal for everyone? Nobody in Gujarat can say that the government is providing security to everyone on the basis of equality.”

“Congress has a history of 120 years. The Congress party is a gift of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhai Patel. I think to accuse the Congress of any communal bias is an insult to the memory of our freedom struggle,” he said.

He said the fact that ‘somebody is now trying to paint the Congress party in wrong colours is a measure of the fear and the uncertain future that faces them’.

“This is a sign of weakness and not a sign of strength,” Singh said and emphasised that ‘it is not a good sign for any political party to divide our country on communal lines’.

In his address to the people before elections in the state on Dec 11 and 16, PM Manmohan Singh was very critical of the BJP government on the issue of law and order.

To a question if the Congress would order a fresh probe into the post-Godhra riots and the fake encounter case, he said, "I can't comment on these cases as all are at various stages of investigation. Many of them are in courts. It would not be possible for me to comment on them. But I would say that every effort would be made to restore our people's confidence in the rule of law.”

He said if the Congress came to power ‘all people will have a feeling that the government belongs to them and that the government is there to protect their rights and liberties of each section of our community regardless of their political affiliation’. — PTI

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