Saturday, November 27, 2010
Indian Weekender India correspondent
Ahmedabad: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday compared Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong.
“Many an evil leaders have done great developmental work. Mao Zedong developed China, but he caused destruction to the country too. Similarly, Modi has done developmental works in the state, and also caused some issues for the country” Gandhi said, indirectly referring to Gujarat riots.
Gandhi was addressing a seminar of young party leaders here, as a part of his three-day trip to Gujarat.
The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule. The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.