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See no pain on Narenddra Modi`s face when he talks about riots: Gandhi`s granddaughter

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 22:57

Indore: Tara Gandhi-Bhattacharya, Mahatma Gandhi`s granddaughter on Sunday said she did not find any trace of anguish on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s face when he spoke about the 2002 post-Godhra riots in his state.

Talking to reporters here, she said, "I am surprised as to how Modi, being in politics, being a human being, and being from Gujarat, can speak about the riots and that phase of violence without showing any pain."

She, however, added that she was not passing a judgement on Modi as she did not know him well.

Gandhi-Bhattacharya, 78, is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.

Modi was recently named BJP`s prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"Once I watched Modi speaking in Gujarat from a distance. I can`t judge him. But when he mentions the excesses of the Gujarat riots, I do not see any anguish on his face," she said.

Talking about the conditions at refugees` camps in Gujarat which were set up after the riots, she said, "I was so pained (upon seeing them) that I could not sleep for the next six months."

About Modi`s infamous "puppy coming under the wheels of a car" remark, she said it was a case of use of "indecent language".

Asked whether Modi becoming the prime minister would pose a danger to the democratic values of the country, Gandhi- Bhattacharya said: "I won`t name anyone, because by singling out one person, others cannot be condoned. Whoever comes to power, must have compassion and courage."


First Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 22:57

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