Addressing a public rally organised by the minority cell of the Congress at Tarkeshwar in Mandvi taluka of Surat district yesterday, Vastanvi had said it was a crime to praise a "zalim" (tyrant) and that he never praised Modi.
"To praise a 'zalim' (tyrant) is a crime. I never praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi," Vastanvi said.
BJP national vice-president Purushottam Rupala said the use of words "zalim" (tyrant) against Modi and asking Muslims to vote for Congress is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The Election Commission should take strict action against him for using such words."
Ironically, Vastanvi was removed from the post of vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, the second largest Islamic seminary in the world, for praising Modi's development policy in January 2011.
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