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Mar 03, 2013 at 04:06pm IST

Modi did not support Pranab earlier, his speech's full of lies: Congress

New Delhi: Congress hit back at Narendra Modi for his comments on the UPA government during his address at the BJP National Executive meet. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said Modi's speech is full of lies. "Modi's speech was full of lies. Why did he not support Pranab Mukherjee for the post of the President. He did not have the courage to do so," said Shukla.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, too, took a dig at the Gujarat Chief Minister and said then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had reminded Modi about 'Raj Dharma' in the wake of the 2002 riots in the state. "Is it not true that Vajpayee ji reminded a certain CM about Raj Dharma in 02? What did Vajpayee attribute their 2004 defeat too," wrote Tewari.

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Reacting to comments by Modi in his speech, Tewari also said it was under the prime ministership of Indira Gandhi that the country had conducted its first nuclear test in 1974. "FACTS- Indira Gandhi carried out PNE (peaceful nuclear explosion) in 74, successive Congress governments nurtured strategic programme and Manmohan Singh dismantled nuclear aparthied,"

Tewari said.

Maintaining that Vajpayee had shown what a single leader could do, Modi had said while addressing the BJP conclave on Sunday that it was under Vajpayee's leadership that India had conducted nuclear tests on May 11 and May 13, 1998 despite international pressure and stood up to the sanctions imposed against it thereafter.

With Additional Inputs from PTI