Modi said while BJP was committed to uplift of the poor and focused on national security, parties like Akhilesh Yadav’s SP had been “kind to terrorists”.
“I maintained silence for so many years since the Ahmedabad serial blasts case was being heard in court,” he said. “Today, I am referring to this because these political parties have been shielding terrorists just for the sake of protecting their vote bank, which is a very dangerous pattern,” the PM said.
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“The serial blasts took place when I was the CM of Gujarat. I can never forget that day when the Earth was reddened by the blood of the victims. The tears wouldn’t stop flowing. I picked up the blood-soaked soil and took a vow that my government will track these terrorists even from ‘paataal’ (nether world) and punish them.” Modi sought to link SP’s poll symbol, the bicycle, to the terror attacks, reminding the crowd that one of the blasts on July 26, 2008, took place at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and that the Indian Mujahideen bombers had planted explosives on bicycles. “Have you seen the poll symbol of SP? All the bombs in the initial blasts were planted on bicycles. I am so surprised, why did they use bicycles?” he said, also accusing the erstwhile SP government of withdrawing cases against terrorists responsible for 14 attacks in the state.
“In 2006, there was a blast at the Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi and Kashi railway station. But after the SP government came to government, it decided to revoke a case against an accused named Shamim Ahmad in 2013. Similarly, in 2007, there was a blast on the Lucknow court premises, but the SP government tried to withdraw the case against accused Tariq Kasmi. The court, however, didn’t allow this to happen and he was given a life term,” Modi said.
The PM also targeted the Congress leadership, claiming they would refer to Osama bin Laden as “Osama ji”. He referred to Congress veteran Salman Khurshid’s claim in public that Sonia Gandhi broke down on seeing photographs of the bodies of the IM members killed in the Batla House encounter with Delhi police.
On Saturday, Union I&B minister Anurag Thakur held up an undated picture of Ahmedabad terror convict Mohammad Saif’s father Shahbad Ahmad with SP chief Akhilesh and questioned whether the latter was there to “feed him biryani”. Thakur claimed Ahmad was an SP functionary.