NEW DELHI, March 15 -- Leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) thanked Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, while members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) attacked her for purportedly saying in a TV interview on Thursday that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "wasn't as strong or as determined" as PM Narendra Modi in responding to terror attacks.

Dikshit later tweeted that her comments had been taken out of context by the media. "Here is what I said - it may seem to some people that Mr Modi is stronger on terror but I think this is a poll gimmick more than anything else," she tweeted. She further added that national security has always been a concern and that "Indira ji [Indira Gandhi] has been a strong leader."

BJP chief Amit Shah t...