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Media involved in the campaign against Modi: Jaitley

February 27, 2014 15:28 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been able to overcome a sustained campaign against him over the 2012 Gujarat riots, in which a section of the media had also targeted him, believes senior party leader Arun Jaitley.

"But he had the capability to directly communicate with the people where your views are believed more than what is being said against you," he said.

Jaitley claimed that soon after the Godhra incident, a campaign had started to project that the coach carrying kar sewaks was not put on fire from outside, but the flames had erupted from inside the compartment.

"The first aspect of the conspiracy against Modi was to prove somehow that anti-nationals did not start the fire and nothing happened at the (railway) station. The fire erupted inside the compartment. A section had started to propagate this make belief theory from day one," he said, blaming a section of the media and some NGOs.

He was speaking at the launch of a book Narendra Modi - a victim of manipulations in Delhi.

The Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha also slammed the findings of the Justice U C Banerjee Committee on the incident, saying it was the "most disgraceful" chapter in Indian history.

Jaitley said the committee tried to prove that the fire started from inside the coach.

"Falsehood has many versions, but truth has only one version....The report is now consigned to the dustbin," he said.

He said the claims made by IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt about a meeting at Modi's residence have been rejected by the others present there.

"Hundreds were killed in the police firing in Gujarat. It shows that the police was on the job. No one has been able to tell the number of people killed in police firing in 1984 riots," he said in an apparent attack on the Congress over the anti-Sikh riots.

The BJP leader said the findings of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team have demolished the conspiracy theories against Modi.

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