Congress today put Narendra Modi in the rogue's gallery with the likes of "dictators" Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin and Zia Ul Haq.
"All these dictators were popularly elected but their election did not mean their exoneration from charges of genocide and human rights violations," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters, at a time when parties are busy in a high-decibel poll campaign.
Singhvi was reacting to the BJP PM candidate repeatedly ruling out in various interviews that he will not apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots as "people's court has already judged him".
Insisting that electoral verdicts in any way does not validate either genocide or communalism, Singhvi said both Hitler and Mussolini had won elections with wide margins and so was the situation with Idi Amin and Zia Ul Haq.
"Popularly elected dictators--Narendra Modi in Gujarat...and Idi Amin in Uganda... one thing is common: they are judge, jury and prosecutor, all rolled into one. They have no compassion, no 'karuna'. They never apologise as they are convinced of their infallibility. They look at the letter and never at the spirit," he said.
Noting that pride and arrogance also come to dictators, he suggested that they fail to understand that certain issues were not politics, but principles.
"Compassion and apology are ....alien to BJP and Narendra Modi," he said noting that dictators never apologise as they feel that they are infallible.
He said that the issues of brotherhood, secularism and inclusion overshadow the development claims in Gujarat.
"What is the connect between and electoral victory and what happened in 2002 in Gujarat. Is it a Parkinson's logic," he said, adding there was no hope in hell that BJP was winning" when pointed about Narendra Modi's remarks that the issue of apology would not have arisen if he had lost the elections in 2002 or 2007.
Singhvi also refused to hazard a guess about Narendra Modi's remarks on 2014 Lok Sabha polls saying the BJP leader may be a soothsayer and prophets and will not predict what will happen.
To drive home the point that Narendra Modi was a "dictator", he ran a CD of Uma Bharati at the AICC briefing in which the firebrand leader had come down heavily against Narendra Modi, dubbing him as a "vinashpurush" (man of destruction) whose rule has turned Gujarat into a "land of fear" and his development claims were like "baloons".
The CD was about two-three year old when she was not in BJP