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Updated: March 13, 2010 02:19 IST

No reason for Modi to quit: Gujarat Minister

Manas Dasgupta
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
PTI Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

The Gujarat government on Friday rejected the Congress demand for the resignation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) summoning him for questioning in connection with the Gulberg Society massacre of 2002.

The State Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said the Congress was “day dreaming” that Mr. Modi would resign on this ground. “The party may wish for anything but there is no reason for Mr. Modi to quit,” he said.

He reaffirmed that the BJP government in the State and Mr. Modi had always respected and co-operated with the judiciary and the law and order machinery and would “continue to do so,” hinting that the Chief Minister would not try to duck the SIT summons.

The sources in the Chief Minister's office, however, indicated that he might try to seek a change of date in responding to the summons, fixed by the SIT for March 21, because of some other prior engagements.

The demand for his resignation was made by the former Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Arjun Modhvadia, both inside and outside the House.

Talking to journalists , Mr. Modhvadia said since the summons were based on the Supreme Court's directives and on the strength of the evidence collected by the SIT, Mr. Modi should tender his resignation on moral grounds. He also hoped that the SIT would not stop the inquiry merely by questioning Mr. Modi but would take the investigation to its logical end.

Congress cannot see the progress of Gujarat under Modi saheb. That's why they are in search of these kinds of points.

from:  Sandip Thakkar
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010 at 21:47 IST

Dear Mr Arjun Modhvadia, I uderstand your feelings as opposition has nothing to do but dream....

from:  rupangi
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010 at 17:20 IST

I have been reading The Hindu for the past 10 years and over these years I have found that The Hindu does give a balanced coverage to all the issues of importance, doesn't resort to Page 3 journalism. But it seems to me that The Hindu has a soft corner for the minorities and their activities. For, The Hindu doesn't deride the nefarious activities done by minority extremists in same terms as it does if they were done by Hindu extremists. I think the paper should be bold on this front. No need to fear anyone.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010 at 08:26 IST

Dear Mr Arjun Modhvadia, Really it is day-dream for you, to return to power in coming years. I see no signal for Congress rule for next 15-20 years.

from:  sujit
Posted on: Mar 13, 2010 at 12:58 IST

It's quite irritating that a man who gave Gujarat to such an admirable label is to be blamed repeatedly by the Congres party.

from:  Dwarika Prasad
Posted on: Mar 13, 2010 at 01:02 IST
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