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Jethmalani's fresh posers to Vajpayee

LUCKNOW, APRIL 24. Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, pitted against the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, from the Lucknow parliamentary seat, today questioned the "secular credentials" of the BJP, and alleged that its efforts to seek Muslim votes were only ``election gimmicks''.

Addressing reporters here while releasing the third set of 10 questions addressed to Mr. Vajpayee, he said while money was being spent on the `Atal Himayat Yatras', the BJP continued to give tickets to "communal persons such as Adityanath."

``You recently asked for pardon from Gujarat Muslims while Narendra Modi stood by your side...why did you not ask him to apologise,'' asked Mr. Jethmalani. He opined that Mr. Vajpayee should have openly reprimanded Mr. Modi for the riots if he was serious on the issue.

He asked the Prime Minister to answer if he knew about the Yogi's role in the Gujarat riots.

``Soon after the Godhara tragedy, he told a huge gathering that he had spoken to Narendra Modi and asked him to take 10 wickets for each wicket of ours falling,'' Mr. Jethmalani said, reminding Mr. Vajpayee of the reported quotes of Yogi Adityanath.

The Rajya Sabha member and the former Union Minister also slammed the Yogi for his reported comments that he would accept Muslim votes only when they were cleaned in `Gangajal.'

Mr. Jethmalani also criticised the Union Law Minister, Arun Jaitley, for supporting Mr. Modi. ``Modi helped him get a place in the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat...while he hails from Delhi he got elected from Gujarat,'' he added.

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