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Hitler remark in the heat of the moment: Solanki

Sunday 30 May 2004

Express News Service Gandhinagar, May 29: FORMER Minister Purshottam Solanki has expressed regret over his remarks against Chief Minister Narendra Modi at Thursday’s birthday party thrown by senior BJP leader A K Patel at a farmhouse on the outskirts of Gandhinagar.

Responding to a show-cause notice issued by the State BJP chief following a directive from national party president Venkaiah Naidu, the Ghogha MLA on Saturday afternoon dispatched a letter to the State BJP headquarters in Ahmedabad, expressing his regrets for remarks made “in the heat of the moment”.

At Thursday’s birthday bash, which was attended by over 60 BJP MLAs and 10 MPs owing allegiance to the Keshubhai Patel camp, Solanki had shouted, “Narendra Modi Hitler hai. Usko jaldi hatao (Narendra Modi is Hitler, remove him quickly)”. Solanki’s diatribe against the CM compelled Venkaiah Naidu to call up the Ghogha MLA on Friday.

Meanwhile, State BJP chief and Bhavnagar MP Rajendrasinh Rana will leave for Delhi on May 31 to attend the Lok Sabha session commencing on June 2, while Modi’s bete noire and Rajya Sabha member Keshubhai Patel will leave for the national capital on June 2 to attend the RS session beginning June 4.

Both Rana and Patel are expected to meet central party leaders and apprise them of the political developments in Gujarat. When contacted, Rana said,”I have been keeping the party high command abreast of all the developments in Gujarat BJP. I will also brief central leaders about the latest developments when I meet them during my stay in Delhi”.

Modi and Keshubhai stayed put at their respective bungalows throughout Saturday, remaining inaccessible to mediapersons. Even otherwise, there was a lull in the activity in both the rival camps, for MLAs and ministers were away in their respective constituencies. They will return to Gandhinagar on Monday to attend the current Assembly budget session.

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