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SC order Cong conspiracy, claims Modi
Dinesh Kumar writes from Ahmedabad

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi used the CBI decision to withdraw the red corner notice against Ottavio Quattrocchi to break his silence on the Supreme Court’s order for a probe into the BJP leader’s alleged role in the 2002 post-Godhra riots by painting himself as a victim of political vendetta alleging that the apex court’s verdict was “a Congress conspiracy”.

“The Supreme Court has remembered me. The Congress wants to send me to jail. What should I do?” Modi asked the public. He then went on to say, “About 15 days ago (Congress Union Minister) Kapil Sibal said that Modi should be prepared to go to jail. The Supreme Court has now tightened the noose on me. What does it mean? Has the Congress conspired against me?” He raised these doubts while addressing an election rally in the milk town of Anand.

In an attempt to whip up emotions, Modi then went on to declare “Italy’s brother is being released whereas the country’s son is being jailed”.

Modi tried to portray that his arrest would weaken the fight against terrorism. “The Congress is trying to put me behind bars. But this will not stop me from fighting terrorism. I am not worried about my future but I will not bow down to terrorism,” he said.

Interestingly, by afternoon, BJP workers and sympathisers had begun trying to whip up sympathy for the BJP leader by making it look like a son-of-the-soil Indian versus Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origin. A bulk SMSes sent out at 4.21 pm by Parag Seth of the BJP read “Gujarat ke bete ko jail aur Italy ke bhai ko bail” (Gujarat’s son is being jailed while Italy’s brother is being given bail).

But whether or not such measures will translate into votes for the BJP in Gujarat will only be known when the election results are announced.

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