Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Upping the ante against Narendra Modi, Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday shouted slogans against the Gujarat Chief Minister and sought his resignation.
Congress made all efforts to hamper Modi`s rising popularity by pointing out to suspended police officer DG Vanzara`s 10-page letter as an evidence against him and his close aide Amit Shah.
Trying to cash in on Vanzara controversy, Congress MPs shouted slogans: "Narendra Modi istifa do" (Narendra Modi should resign), "Modi ko giraftar karo" (Arrest Modi).
Defending the party`s election campaign chief, the Bharatiya Janata Party MPs responded by saying: "Aayega bhai aayega, Narendra Modi aayega" (Yes he will, Narendra Modi will come).
Vanzara has alleged that Modi and former minister of state for home Amit Shah were also to blame for "encounter deaths" that have kept him and 31 other officers in jail for years.
In the letter dated September 01 made available to media on Tuesday, Vanzara -- long known as an encounter specialist -- said "this spineless government of Gujarat... has ceased to command my allegiance, trust and loyalty" for not standing by the jailed officers.
Describing Modi as a "God" who failed and attacking Shah for not protecting the jailed police officers, he said Gujarat`s rulers could not evade blame for the many "encounter deaths" in the state.
Vanzara said in the letter from the Sabarmati Central Prison that if he and his colleagues could be charged with "fake encounters", then the CBI must "arrest the policy formulators also as we...simply implemented the conscious policy of this government".
Vanzara accused Modi confidant Shah - now the BJP campaign head in Uttar Pradesh - of employing "dirty tactics" to save himself from criminal cases "while ditching the police officers to...allow them to die unnatural death by drowning".
"By adopting such a suicidal path, this government is doing nothing else but hastening and facilitating its own death by drowning."
The 1987 batch Indian Police Service officer, who has headed the Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorist Squad, referred to Modi`s repeated vows to "repay (what) he owes to Mother India".
Vanzara has been accused in the killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi (2005), Ishrat Jehan (2004) and Tulsi Prajapati, said to be an accomplice of Sohrabuddin, in 2006. All of them were then described as terrorists wanting to target Modi.
He said 32 Rajasthan and Gujarat police officers, including six from IPS, in prisons had been left to fend for themselves.
(With IANS inputs)