Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Saturday faced flak after claiming that it was Narendra Modi who made APJ Abdul Kalam the President of Indiain 2002.
Speaking at a party function in Pune on Friday, Patilsaid the BJP was not against patriotic Muslims but it opposedonly those ”who work as sleeper cells” (work for subversiveelements).
The BJP leader then went on to say that Kalam was madepresident not because of his religion but because of hisexemplary contribution as a scientist.
Patil’s statement raised eyebrows as Kalam becamepresident in July 2002 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was primeminister.
Modi was then Gujarat chief minister.
On Saturday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said makingKalam president was a ”masterstroke” of Vajpayee.
”Those who are trying to take credit for it now areinviting ridicule,” he added.
Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe alsoslammed Patil over the apparent gaffe.
”Patil should not commit a sin by defaming a truepatriot like Kalam. His comments are ridiculous,” Londhe said.
Kalam had shown us the dream of India becoming a worldpower by 2020, but Modi has junked that dream, he added.