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“Puppy remark reflects Modi's childlike heart”

New Delhi, July 13 (IBNS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday defended Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s puppy analogy and said his remarks reflected the party strongman’s “childlike heart”.

“What Modi has said is sheer compassion,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy told media.

“Ask any child in the country what they would feel, if a puppy comes under the car. The statement reveals the compassion, the childlike heart in Narendra Modi,” he said.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh earlier in the day slammed Modi for calling himself a ´Hindu nationalist´.

“Shouldn´t we all be Nationalist Indians rather than Hindu Nationalist or Muslim Nationalist or Sikh Nationalist or Christian Nationalist?” Singh posted on micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday.

“Don´t divide this Great Nation on basis of Religion which Savarkar and Jinnah did. They were the original authors of two Nation theory,” he said.

Even as Modi justified his stand in connection with the infamous anti-Muslim riots of 2002, political fraternity across India slammed the BJP election campaign chief Friday for his puppy analogy while expressing his sadness for the incidents.

“….. any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,” Modi told Reuters news agency in an interview when he was asked a question on the deaths of Muslims in 2002 riots.

“I’m nationalist. I’m patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I’m a

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