New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked Congress on Saturday for targeting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his ‘puppy’ remarks. The saffron party said that the Congress is twisting facts as it is scared of the Gujarat CM’s growing popularity.

"The Congress is in the habit of twisting facts about what Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has to say. They are also in the habit of digging at Modi's popularity and impeccable integrity," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

"Now it is clear that there is some kind of hatred against Modi, but the more they (Congress) seek to hate him without any basis, Modi's popularity is going to rise among the people of the country," he added.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to an international news agency, had claimed that his administration was above blame in its conduct during the 2002 riots, but he felt bad, just as he might feel bad if a puppy were run over by a car.

The comments raked up a controversy, and were criticized widely. The BJP, as well as Modi himself, have claimed that the remarks were misinterpreted.

(Agencies)

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