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Ahmed Patel blames BJP for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination; says, ‘he lost his life due to...'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 May 2019, 10:46 IST

Congress senior leader and close aide of Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel on Thursday took swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his controversial remark at late former PM Rajiv Gandhi during election campaigns. Patel attacking PM Modi said that it was the saffron party that was responsible for the former PM’s assassination.

Patel took to Twitter and said: “The BJP backed VP Singh govt refused to provide him with additional security & left him with one PSO despite credible intelligence inputs and repeated requests. Rajiv ji lost his life due to their hatred & is no longer here amongst us to answer the baseless allegations & abuses which are being unleashed on him.”

Congress leader’s statement comes amid an ongoing verbal war between the two rival parties over the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Last week, attacking late Rajiv Gandhi, PM Modi called him ‘Bhrashchari No. 1’. Further, in fresh attack on Wednesday, PM Modi accused the Gandhi family of using warship INS Viraat as its "personal taxi" for a family trip when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister.

“INS Viraat was insulted by using it as a personal taxi. This happened when Rajiv Gandhi and his family were out for a 10-day vacation. INS Viraat was deployed for securing our maritime boundary. But it was diverted to take the Gandhi family which was out for a vacation," Modi said addressing a rally in Delhi.

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First published: 9 May 2019, 10:02 IST