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|Ahmedabad: The attack on Akshardham temple has hurt the Congress party. With great difficulty, Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela had managed to put up a semblance of a fight against the BJP, but in one stroke the terrorists seem to have created conditions for handing over the state on a platter to the saffron party.
While the terrorists attack on the Akshardham temple is still being investigated, it is speculated that the latest strike at a place of worship sacrosanct to a large number of Gujaratis has inadvertently helped chief minister Narendra Modi.
By murdering 37 and wounding scores of devotees, perpetrators have widened the emotional and communal divide. Modi has taken Hindutva to such a shrill pitch since the post-Godhra riots that all of Gujarat has fallen victim to the politics of hate.
His aims have been unambiguous. He has been striving to divide Gujarat on communal lines without caring about the consequences. During his gaurav yatra -- a thinly disguised campaign kick-off for the assembly polls expected to be announced later this year--Modi made inflammatory speeches and invited criticism from almost every section of society, including the two top leaders of his own party, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani.The Minorities Commission is in fact reviewing one of his speeches.
Though Modi has been taken to task for his activities, the latest terrorist attack has helped his cause. Terrorism has achieved what a state-sponsored carnage could not. There is a universal condemnation of the killings and it appears that even a place of worship like the Swaminarayn sect’s temple has not been spared by extremists. If they thought they were going to teach Modi and the BJP government a lesson, they have miscalculated.
¯ Abdul H. Lakhani, Ahmedabad