New Delhi: Congress MP Vijay Darda on Sunday night retracted from his remark praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Darda earlier called Modi a tiger and a national saint.
"I was actually ridiculing Modi when I said 'the lion of Gujarat' what I actually meant was to mockingly refer to the man who has held the BJP and the RSS hostage," Darda said.
Clarifying on sharing stage with Modi, Darda said, "There is nothing wrong in sharing a platform with Modi. It was not a political platform it was a religious one."
Darda further said that he was the "vocal critic" of the "murder of humanity" that took place in 2002 in Gujarat and has raised his voice against the communal riots in Rajya Sabha and at other public platforms.
The MP said that he had not called Modi a "saint", but a "political saint". Darda, who today shared a stage with Modi in the city, called him a "tiger" of the state leaving Congress red-faced.
Gujarat Congress leader Narhari Amin said that what Darda has said was his personal opinion. "This might be the personal opinion of Darda, but the state Congress does not agree with his remark," Amin said.
With additional information from PTI