Elsewhere in the city, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the NDA government would deal with the anti-national elements with a firm hand.

"No charges were framed against Umar (Khalid) who actually organised the event in commemoration of Afzal Guru. It was he and others who raised anti-national slogans but no action has been taken against them. But Kanhaiya Kumar, against whom there is not a single evidence that he raised anti-India slogans, was charged and arrested. This exposes the doublespeak of the BJP", Singh said.

Noting that it was a 'clear fight between ideologies', he regretted that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was being branded as anti-national for having taken up a fight against BJP's ideology of exploitation.

Singh was addressing a press conference at the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here this evening after the party coordination committee and extended executive committee meetings ended.

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