NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, in an attempt to avoid any more controversy over Narendra Modi's supposed claim of saving 15,000 Gujaratis in one day from the disaster-hit Uttarakhand, clarified that the Gujarat chief minister never made such claims.
According to reports, Modi's PR machinery earlier stated that the senior BJP leader rescued 15,000 Gujaratis from the flood-hit areas in just one day.
Rajnath said that Modi went to Uttarakhand to express his "sympathies" to people affected by the floods.
"Modi went to Uttarakhand to express his sympathies and it is being said that he evacuated 15,000 Gujaratis from there. I myself talked to him and he said that he never gave any such statement," he was quoted by the PTI. "How it is being publicised is beyond understanding."
Reports of Modi saving pilgrims from Uttarakhand had sparked political battle between the BJP and the Congress. The Congress party mocked Modi as a 'rambo' while the BJP leaders accused Congress' vice president Rahul Gandhi of going to Uttarakhand for a "photo-op".
"Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi is a 'Super VIP'," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said on Wednesday.
Rajnath cautioned his party workers not to get involved in politics in such times.
He added, "I have asked them (party workers) that there is no need to be aggressive even if leader of any other political party make any statement.
"BJP workers are sensitive and consider expressing sympathies and extending helping hand as their religion."