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Jul 16, 2013 at 04:11pm IST

Tharoor hits out at Modi, says he is making veiled attack on Muslims

New Delhi: Defending his stand on Narendra Modi's controversial 'burqa' remark, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said the Gujarat Chief Minister is making veiled attack on Muslims. Asserting that India is a nation of diversity, Tharoor said the Congress leadership at the time of Independence didn't want India to be a nation of one religion but Modi's statements in the last few days showed that he wanted to target just one community.

Tharoor said that Congress will fight the Lok Sabha elections on all issues. He further said that the records of the government are self evident that the UPA government has performed in the last 10 years.

"Modi says we "hide behind the burqa of secularism". Preferable, surely, to the khaki shorts of intolerance & hatred that he now tries to hide?" Tharoor had twitted.

This comes after the Gujarat Chief Minister on Sunday questioned the UPA government's contribution for the welfare of youth and challenged its position on secularism.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday justified the decision by the JD(U) to split from BJP-led NDA. Kumar said that his stand on Modi has been vindicated after his recent which have sparked a controversy. "Whatever has been happening in the past 2-3 days vindicates our stand. It proves that the decision taken by the JD(U) was the right thing to do," Nitish said.