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Oct 26, 2013 at 09:05am IST

Muslim clerics fume over Rahul's ISI remark, Modi demands apology

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi seems to have invited trouble with his ISI remark. After the Bharatiya Janata Party, Muslim clerics are now fuming over the comment.

Criticising Rahul Gandhi for his ISI remark, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader Maulana Madani said, "Rahul Gandhi's statement was very irresponsible and we condemn it. Such issues must not be politicised. Even if he had any such information, it's a reckless statement."

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Earlier on Friday, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi demanded that Rahul Gandhi apologised for claiming that Muslim youths affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots were in touch with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.

Questioning Rahul's Indore speech on ISI trying to recruit riot-affected victims in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, the BJP leader asked what the Congress Vice President had done to address the issue. "What has the shahzada done to stop the ISI from reaching out to Muslims in Muzaffarnagar," asked Modi while addressing a rally in Jhansi on Friday.

His second question to Rahul was more direct. The Gujarat strongman questioned the credibility of Rahul's statement on ISI. "Does shahzada have any proof of ISI reaching out to riot victims?" he said.

Modi also raised concerns over sharing of intelligence inputs with Rahul, who is just an MP and has not been administered the oath of office and secrecy. Demanding an answer to this, he asked: "How can intelligence officers share state secrets with the shahzada?"

While Rahul is being criticised by Muslim clerics, Modi got unexpected support from a top Muslim cleric, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq. "If we see a change in the attitude of Modi, we will try to convince Muslims to forget 2002. Such a thing has happened in the past," Sadiq said.