New Delhi: Hitting out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his controversial comments on the 2002 riots, Congress on Friday demanded that he immediately apologise to the nation as his words are "totally against the idea of India."

"Thousands of people were killed in the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 and in the backdrop the analogy used by Narendra Modi needed to be strongly condemned. There is no place for such a comparison in civilized India," party General Secretary Ajay Maken said.

“It is reflective of his perverse mindset. It is totally against the idea of India.... We are unable to understand as to what is the intention of raising such things before the elections," Maken said.

Maken recalled that after the riots, the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had said that Modi should follow "Rajdharma". He said recently, Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar had also said that the riots were symptomatic of "failed governance model".

"India is not what he thinks...the analogy he has drawn the parallel he has drawn is not the idea of India," he said. Replying to a question whether his remarks were in relation to the "puppy" comment of Modi, he said "absolutely".

"Another thing, any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a “puppy” comes under the wheel, will be painful or not?  Of course, it is.  If I'm a Chief Minister or not, I'm a human being.  If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad," Modi said.

Sibal demands apology from Modi over his 'puppy’ remark

Accusing Gujarat Chief Minister of not taking adequate measures to prevent the 2002 riots in the state, Law Minister Kapil Sibal said "Narendra Modi does not have the heart of a true Hindu" by refusing to apologise to the nation.

"When the Chief Minister says that whatever happened in Gujarat he has no sense of remorse, he doesn't feel sorry for it and he refused to apologise to the nation till date, obviously the Chief Minister doesn't have the heart of a true Hindu," Sibal said.


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