Ahmedabad: Terming Chief Minister Narendra
Modi`s plans for a three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity
in Gujarat as a `political gimmick`, Leader of the Opposition
in the state Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil today asked the BJP
leader to apologise for the 2002 communal riots.
In an open letter to Modi, Gohil said, "Your so called
three-day fast and Sadbhavna mission stands nullified with
your record of hatred, violence and bloodshed. And all the
while, you have been unapologetic. First say sorry to six
crore Gujaratis and people of India before you embark on yet
another publicity stunt.
"I was amused to read about your Sadbhavna Mission and
your cathartic announcement of a three-day fast. This is
nothing but a political gimmick," he stated.
Following the Supreme Court verdict on Zakia Jafri`s
complaint, Modi today hit out at his detractors for "defaming"
him for the 2002 riots and announced that he would undertake a
three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity in Gujarat.
The BJP leader said that as part of his responsibility to
strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, he is planning to
start a movement called `Sadbhavana Mission`.
Gohil alleged that Modi`s Sadbhavna Mission and new found
secularism smacked of hypocrisy, deceit, narcissism and lies.
"This is a political stunt to deflect attention from the
Lokayukta issue, the multi-crore corruption and scams in the
state and from the Haren Pandya killing issue which Pandya`s
family members claim was a political murder," he added.