Narendra Modi to fast for peace, unity in Gujarat

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 18:32

New Delhi: Bouyed by the Supreme Court
verdict in Gulbarga Society riot case, Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at his detractors for "defaming"
him for the 2002 riots and announced he would undertake a
three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity in his state.
"One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court`s judgment.
The unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false
allegations made against me and government of Gujarat, after
2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has
become fashionable to defame me and the state of Gujarat,"
Modi said in a letter to citizens.

The controversial chief minister, who is increasingly
being seen as BJP`s poster boy who could play a larger role in
national politics in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls,
insisted those defaming him could not tolerate any positive
development of Gujarat.

He charged these people have not left any stone unturned
to defame his state.

"It is difficult to say whether this campaign of
defamation will stop even after the judgment of the Supreme
Court. But one thing is certain that the credibility of those
who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to
its lowest ebb. The people of this country will not trust such
elements anymore," he said.
Modi said that as part of his responsibility to
strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, he is planning to
start a movement called "Sadbhavana Mission".

"As part of this Sadbhavana Mission, I have resolved to
fast for three days from Saturday, 17th September 2011. My
fast will conclude on 19th September. I deeply believe that
this fast will further strengthen Gujarat`s environment of
peace, unity and harmony," Modi said.

The Supreme Court verdict yesterday directing SIT to
either file a final report or a chargesheet in the Gulbarga
case to be tried in a lower court has come as a shot in the
arm for Modi.

Though he had not come out with a response immediately
and confined himself to a tweet- "God is great"- he attacked
today those who have charged him with being responsible for
post-Godhra riots.

"There is a famous saying, `Hate is never conquered by
hate`. The real strength of our country is its unity and
harmony. Unity in diversity is the defining feature of India.
It is our responsibility to strengthen unity in our social
life. We have got an excellent opportunity to proceed with a
positive attitude," Modi said.

He has appealed to the people of Gujarat to come
together and contribute to enhancing the dignity of the state.

"Sadbhavana Mission is completely dedicated to the
society and the nation. I hope that our effort to take Gujarat
to new heights of development through peace, unity and harmony
will contribute immensely in the progress and development of
the nation as well," he said.

He goes on to claim that after the 2002 episode Gujarat
has moved towards peace and development.

"After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march
towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false
propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations," Modi said.

Terming the SC ruling as an "important judgment", Modi
said the judgement is being interpreted in different ways by
political analysts and legal experts.

"Someone is interpreting it as victory someone else as
defeat. Everyone has his own point of view," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 18:19

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