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I dared to ask Modi tough questions, says Siddiqui

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Shahid Siddiqui
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Shahid Siddiqui

A day after the Samajwadi Party disowned him for his interview of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Shahid Siddiqui, Editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, hit back on Sunday, saying the party had shot the messenger.

Defending his decision to interview Mr. Modi, Mr. Siddiqui said he asked the Chief Minister tough questions on his role in the 2002 riots, which none had done so far. “I asked questions which nobody poses to Mr. Modi. People are scared even to see him in the eyes, but I asked him tough questions. So there is no question of my favouring anyone.”

“They have shot the messenger. They are suffering from guilt as they have inducted into the party people like Kalyan Singh and Sakshi Maharaj, who were responsible for the demolition of the Babri Mosque, and still there are such elements there,” Mr. Siddiqui told PTI.

Terming a “white lie” the party’s claim that he was not its member, Mr. Siddiqui, a former Rajya Sabha member, said he was re-inducted into the party by [president] Mulayam Singh Yadav in January and made its spokesperson. “They are telling white lies about my not being a party member. This year, on January 6, Mulayam Singh introduced me to the media as party spokesperson.”

Asked about his future course of action, he said political outfits were “family affairs and have no respect for the freedom of speech, and that is why I will stay away from party politics and continue to write and speak for a secular India.”

Mr. Siddiqui alleged that ever since the SP came back to power in Uttar Pradesh, it had done nothing for Muslims, “and by portraying me as pro-Modi, it is trying to win back the support of the community” to strengthen its vote-bank.

Chief minister Narendra Modi didn't spell out any apology for the 2002
riots, during his speech. But he gave indication that he wants this
history to be buried. Addressing people before starting his fast on
Saturday, Modi asked them to forget the past and be part of the
development spree. His choice of words and tone of speech were aimed at
conveying a sense of regret, especially to the Muslim community.

from:  sachin
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:55 IST

people are writing comments without actually knowing the facts. Apex
court has diverted the case to lower court that doesn't mean that he is
innocent!! grow up guys

from:  ronak
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:53 IST

Mr. Narendra Modi and his BJP colleagues have all along maintained that the post Godhra riots were a spontaneous reaction of people of Gujarat and the State had no role in the killings of innocent Muslims. For the same reason he has always refused to apologize, as he thinks that any apology would be used by his adversaries to nail him. Hence any one who wants to interview him and ask questions on 2002 riots should not ignore this reality. If one has to believe in this so-called spontaneous reaction of people of Gujarat, then all violent reactions of any group of people can be justified with obvious consequences.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 13:03 IST

why are you not talking about corruption and janlokpal and always talking non sense. why you not talking about afjal, kasab and all those who are affect by blast and kasmire pandit and only talking modi .......... what nonsance is this

from:  gyanendra sahu
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 12:35 IST

Mr.Siddiqui expressed in anguish his views on family-owned political out-fits. I have been repeatedly mentioning in various comments that such political parties will never alllow any original thinking. Even in the so-called non-family owned political parties, psychophancy to the top-brass is freely practiced, not because the leader is virtue-personified but because being an yes-man or exibiting psychopancy is very rewarding. That is why even a simple local issue of a small gorup of thugs damaging a statue wiill become a national issue. All leaders of various political parties encourage psychophancy because it helps them remain in lime light. Branding a man as belonging to so-and-so-party is more rewarding than listening to his views. Unfortunately we do not get much help from media angels since most of the media too are owned by politicians.

from:  Ramani P
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:41 IST

Mody bashing has lost it's would not help Congress or UPA to win any more election.If they continue to use them, certainly it would boomerang upon them.If the UPA wants to win elections they will have to focus their attention to solve the genuine problems of people and improve the internal security .Unfortunately their performance on these fronts were dismal.And they will have to get rid of the image of a front encouraging and supporting corruption as well.

from:  M.Gopalan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 09:57 IST

We are with you Mr. Siddiqui. Thanks for being brave and upholding secular values. We are all tired of Dynastic politics and 'born with silver spoon political babies'.

from:  sharma
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:59 IST

Shahid Siddiqqui is living in a make-belive world. You never belong to a Political party in India only to the family who sit at the apex. Congrees, SP, DMK, Shiv Sena to name a few. No party has democratic norms to deal an issue like this. Arbitrary and whimisical decision making by the family member leads to recourse less decisions. The party may understand the difference between profession and politics. But the family does not. If you talk to my enemy, you are my enemy from then, Shahid you are better off by staying away from Mulayum Singh Yadav's 'Samajvadi' (sic) party.

from:  mani Sandilya
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 06:59 IST

Carry on Siddiqui as a truly independent crusader...... after all Mulyam
Singh - who fights for reservation, etc. for Muslims, the downtrodden,
etc..... - has reserved every thing for his family ...... is CM for Son,
MP seat for D-I-L and whole Power for himself....... and.... these power
mongers should not come in ur way of ur good work...... Do it free and
fair and without fear or favour..........

from:  thiagarajan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 04:38 IST
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