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Congress` pot shots at Anna Hazare

Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 21:08

New Delhi: Seizing on an IPS officer`s
filing an affidavit implicating Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi in post-Godhra riots, Congress on Friday took pot
shots at social activist Anna Hazare saying those praise Modi
should introspect.
"This is a known fact that it was not riot that had
happened in Gujarat but a state-sponsored terrorism. We
appeal to all those who praise the Gujarat Chief Minister to
take a look at the PIL filed in the SC and the plight of those
killed in the carnage," party spokesman Manish Tewari told
reporters here without naming the anti-corruption crusader.

Asked if he was referring to Hazare who had praised Modi
government`s rural development work, Tewari said "I am not
pointing at any specific person but appealing to all those
industrialists, social workers and actors, who have praised
Modi in the last nine years, to look at this PIL, the report
of Nanavati Commission (which went into 2002 Gujarat riots)
and similar PILs filed in the Supreme Court, and introspect."

In his affidavit in the Supreme Court, IPS officer
Sanjeev Bhatt is learnt to have said that the Chief Minister
had at a meeting held on February 27, 2002 expressed the view
that Hindus be allowed to vent their anger.
Asked whether Congress would seek resignation of Modi on
the issue, Tewari saracstically said "we have no expectations
of morality from RSS and BJP who are yet to seek even an
apology from the people for the riots."

Asked about the party`s notice to senior leaders not to
be make personal comments and stick to the official line on
different issues, Tewari said there was no gag order.

"It has been a tradition in the party that the party line
on any issue is presented through the spokesperson but senior
leaders talk on issues and clear things," he said.


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 21:08

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