Rajnath Singh defends Varun GandhiMarch 25th, 2009 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh has strongly defended party candidate Varun Gandhi saying the Allahabad High Court order on his alleged hate speeches does not prove he was guilty of making them.
“Let the final judgement come, as you know in many cases there is a prima facie case and then later the person is found innocent. Varun has said the voice on the CD is not his, in fact, he has named the person who is there but I do not want to take his name and he has told me the whole CD is doctored,” Singh said in an interview to NDTV to be telecast Sunday.
The Allahabad High Court, while refusing to intervene Wednesday in Varun Gandhi’s arrest for his alleged communal speeches that has led to a criminal case being filed against him, said there was a strong case against the BJP’s Pilibhit candidate who, while hogging the headlines, has been protesting his innocence.
“Prima facie, there is a strong case against him,” said a division bench of judges Imtiaz Murtaza and Subhash Chandra Nigam.
Rajnath Singh denied having any differences with BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, terming it a media creation. He said they may have some issues to discuss but those were not differences.
“If there were differences, would we have been talking? We are attending functions together,” Singh maintained.
On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s attack on BJP leader L.K. Advani, Singh said: “I am very surprised. I am pained that someone like Manmohan Singh said those words and he has belittled the prime minister’s position.
“For five years, he was the PM, why didn’t he talk like this before? Why did he remember the Babri Masjid just before elections? This is votebank politics. We never expected this from a person of the standing of Manmohan Singh. He is the prime minister. He should have not resorted to a personal attack,” the BJP president maintained.
Manmohan Singh, while releasing the Congress manifesto Tuesday, had questioned Advani’s record as home minister in the BJP-led government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee that was voted out in 2004.
“What has he done for national welfare? When he was the home minister, the (terrorist) attack on parliament took place. Red Fort was attacked (by terrorists), an Indian Airlines plane was hijacked and terrorists were rewarded (by releasing them). This is the record of Advani,” Manmohan Singh said.
“He was the home minister who presided over the massacre (of innocents) in Gujarat. This country must reflect if he is fit to hold the post of prime minister,” Manmohan Singh added.
The interview will be telecast on NDTV 24X7 Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
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