BJP downplays ex-Gujarat minister`s conviction
New Delhi: The BJP Wednesday downplayed former Gujarat minister Mayaben Kodnani`s conviction in a Gujarat riots case, calling it a "legal process".
"We don`t want to politicise the judicial process. This is the first court, it is a judicial process, it will go on," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
He also said that Kodnani had resigned from her post as soon as a charge sheet was filed against her.
The case is related to the killing of 97 Muslims by a mob in Naroda Patiya neighbourhood in Ahmedabad in 2002.
"Whether is anti-Sikh riots of 1984, or the Maharashtra, Assam or Gujarat riots, it is unfortunate and a blot on the face of the nation. Any level of condemnation for any riot is insufficient. We have always criticised the Godhara incident and Gujarat riots, that is our stand," Javadekar said.
Another party leader, Tarun Vijay said that the party respected the judicial process.
"We have full trust in the judicial system of the country. Challenging court decisions on road is the nature of Congress, not BJP," Vijay said.
A special court in Gujarat Wednesday convicted 32 people, including Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, for the massacre in Naroda Patiya.
Kodnani, former women and child development minister of Gujarat, was arrested in 2009.