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Updated: September 14, 2011 01:41 IST

Charges against me are false: Modi

Manas Dasgupta
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media after he appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team in Gandhinagar. File photo
AP Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media after he appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team in Gandhinagar. File photo

Breaking his silence for the first time on the 2002 communal riots, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the charges that he and his government were involved in the riots were “unfounded and false.”

In an open letter to the people of Gujarat, Mr. Modi said he believed that the Supreme Court's Monday order had ended an“unhealthy environment” created by the “unfounded and false allegations” against him and his government.

(The Supreme Court on Monday directed a trial court in the State to take a final decision on the complaint filed against Mr. Modi by Zakia Jafri, wife of former MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulberg Society carnage.)

For the past nine years Mr. Modi had not commented on the allegations that his government deliberately delayed preventive measures to allow the rioters to kill the minorities. He had maintained a studied silence, leaving it to the investigating agencies and courts to decide on the charges.

Mr. Modi announced in his letter his decision to go on fast for three days from September 17, his birthday, so as to “further strengthen the State's environment of peace, unity and harmony.” He was not sure whether the “vilification campaign” against him and his government would stop with the Supreme Court judgment. “One thing is certain. The credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb.” He was certain that the people of the country would not trust such elements any more.

Though he did not claim that the Supreme Court had given him and his government a “clean chit,” he said he was planning to start a ‘sadbhavana mission' on September 17, beginning with the three-day fast, to further strengthen the “unparalleled phase of peace, harmony and development” the State had experienced in the past decade.

In an apparent reference to his critics, Mr. Modi said that for the past 10 years, it had become “fashionable to defame me and the State of Gujarat. These elements who could not tolerate the positive developments in Gujarat have left no stone unturned to defame Gujarat.” But even amid these “false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations,” the State had always marched towards peace, harmony and progress, he said, and it would not waver from this path.

Pointing to the country's “unity in diversity,” he said it was the responsibility of the people of the State to strengthen unity in social life. “We have got an excellent opportunity to proceed with a positive attitude. Let us come together and contribute to enhancing the dignity of Gujarat.”

@Kesava:
Then who will lead the country and all the states buddy? It's good that we consider ourselves to be in the 21st century but let's face it, none of the states or cities in India has the infrastructure to be genuinely claim to be in the 21st century.

Another fact, definitely as explained by you, any of the first 2 charges are criminal natured for a CM. But then let's open other riot-times like ayodhya, 1982 in Gujarat, 1984 - Sikh massacre and the rest.

As the citizen, we should understand that the whole thing is a propaganda of a political party to gain sympathy - or antipathy towards another party - votes from the normal people.
But if we really look in the history they have their own hands dirty and unlike this man no-one has come out and really apologized to the victims.

from:  Umang
Posted on: Sep 18, 2011 at 21:40 IST

There are three possibilities here regarding Mr. Modi and his culpability in the Riots - either he actively directed the riots, he turned a blind eye to the riots by playing nero, or he tried his best to stop / prevent them but was inefficient in doing so. The first two charges are morally degrading - the last charge simply means his government is unable to handle social breakdowns. Either way, a 21st century chief minister of India, who is culpable of either one of the above charger, does not deserve to lead; he must step down.

from:  Kesava
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 03:31 IST

@Asif.Damda: Many CMs in many other states have come and gone since 1991 and they were also in right place and right time in your accordance. Why is that Gujarat developed leaps and bounds, while other more opportune states lagged behind? This man is a patriot and has proven that with his good work. So Gujarat should be happy that they had a right man at right time.

from:  Srikanth
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 00:07 IST

Supreme Court has got biased approach on the crime committed by the CM by not deploying the police force or army and containing the violence. Narendra Modi is not clean and he must not be let to become a national politician. Gujarat might be a state in India but India cannot become Gujarat.

from:  Roeas
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 16:33 IST

Development has been Modi's trump card whenever his role in Gujarat riots came up. A biased supreme court may fail to make Modi and his government accountable to the crime they committed in daylight but for all those who stand for justice he and his government will always be the perpetrators of the heinous crime. (While giving judgement in Graham Stains Murder, the very same Supreme Court tried to explain and even justify the murder saying Graham Stains was involved in conversion activities etc. and later the court had to delete that paragraph)

from:  jothi
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 13:07 IST

It is a myth that Gujarat's development has taken place because of Modi.The development is becuause of economic policies adopted by Congrss governments since 1991.Due to the innate mercantile nature of Gujaratis ,Gujarat had a headstart in taking advantage of these policies .Modi just happend to be in right place at the right time.

from:  Asif.Damda
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 12:29 IST

@Shaun: No one is denying violence took place. But why do you see it particularly as killing of minorities. Is killing of majority community lesser of a crime as per you? Citizen of this country were killed irrespective of faith and deaths took place from both sides. We should ensure those who were part of the inhumane, barbarous mob and are responsible for those deaths of innocents are brought to book. Modi undoubtedly has a moral responsibility to face. But for past 9 years we have been seeing false charges, NGO fabricating instances of violence to incite hatred, open labeling of opposition as communal and what not. Regarding manipulation of evidence, what is your source of information?
Worst riots in India were 1984 sikh massacare in New Delhi which was planned and conducted by present government. Modi has been accused of delaying protection in riot hit areas but Congress leaders in 84 riot were in the frontline guiding mobs to kill innocents. Such a party today is called Secular.

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 11:35 IST

After 9 years he breaks his silence to do "seena-jori". There is a saying in hindi which goes "ek to chori..upar se seena jori" which means "first you commit a crime and then proudly act like you did nothing wrong" Also, with his offer to "fast for 3 days", the movement of "fasting" has successfully been reduced to a farce. The impact of a fasting leaders has certainly got diluted this last year.
Peace, harmony, progress or Gujrat are not what supporters of Modi are really concerned about. Lets face it, what everyone who supports Modi really supports is a "hindu" dominated state.

from:  Pooja Nair
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 11:34 IST

Supreme court is doing one of the best job, it is one of the few systems that is still working in our country.

from:  nath
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 10:38 IST

Supreme court by this vertict had proved that its Biased. Not any one of the top political parties involved in Babri demolistion or Gujarat riots are not held accountable. Even though they have done it in open public. Great. so only the law statue's eyes are covered.

from:  Yuvan
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 10:01 IST

Mr.Modi - The killings of the minorities took place under your watch, and as the head of the government, it was your responsibility to ensure lives are protected - immaterial their caste or religion, because that is the Oath of office. And You failed miserably. No amount of development efforts, can clean the "blood" of innocents who paid with their lives, due to your governments action and inaction. The courts can only based on the evidence provided, and the whole world knows your government manipulated every witness and piece of evidence. You should accept moral responsibility, because you failed in doing the job you were elected to do - protecting the citizens, no matter what the courts decide.

from:  Shaun Warren
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 08:37 IST

Mr. Narendra Modi is forthright in his comments , after all he deserved to make them, to silence all those including the 'red -ragged' media , the so called home made and irresponsible 'dragons' who hated him , because he grew in stature and developed his State as the best in the country . Why does the media not eat it's words when they claimed the Uttarakhand CM as the best CM among the States , when he was sacked by his own party as he was found corrupt . Media lives by TRPs and they have vilified Mr Modi a strong leader to no end . Let the country or atleast Gujarat grow .

from:  Piyush .s.p
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 06:52 IST

I think it is good that the CM is clarifying on the charges against him. Silence is always taken as an admission of guilt. More specifically, if he answers one question truthfully, then he can really put an end to the matter. Did he receive a call for help on the day of the massacre, and did he respond? I think that is really the crux of the matter.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 02:07 IST

No one wants to spend energies, lives fighting over anything. Communal harmony is achievable and one main contributors will be economic empowerment along with education. If these two are happening in a state then the state is bound to have harmony. Some will have vested interest in flaring up these issues and those have to be neutralized with swiftness and appropriate action.

from:  Pavan Peechara
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 00:23 IST
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