Modi’s fast a political gimmick: Vastanvi
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 20:31
New Delhi: After facing flak for reportedly praising Narendra Modi, sacked V-C of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi on Sunday termed the Gujarat Chief Minister's three-day fast as a "political gimmick".

"This three-day fast of Narendra Modi is a pretence. It is a political gimmick for the upcoming Legislative Assembly polls and not a Sadbhavana Mission, as named by him," Vastanvi said.

He said he was not invited for the fast in Ahmedabad that started on Modi's birthday yesterday and would "never take part in any event involving him (Modi)".

Vastanvi, who hails from Gujarat, was elected as V-C in January. He was sacked following a controversy over his remarks praising Modi's development work in the state.

He had also said that Muslims in Gujarat should "forget the 2002 riots and move on".

Vastanvi, however, denied giving a "clean chit" to Modi in connection with the riots and said he had not praised him "but his comments were projected in a wrong way".


First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 20:31

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