Arrest Modi under Poto: Natwar Singh

Newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Natwar Singh on Wednesday asked the Vajpayee government to arrest Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi under Poto if the Centre really wanted to implement the anti-terrorism law in toto.

Newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Natwar Singh on Wednesday asked the Vajpayee government to arrest Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi under Poto if the Centre really wanted to implement the anti-terrorism law in toto.

The Modi government was responsible for violence and killings in the aftermath of Godhra mayhem and it was surprising that the Centre had not taken any action against him so far, Singh told mediapersons here.

On his victory in Rajya Sabha biennial polls, he claimed the BJP legislature party in the state was divided into two groups-one led by former Chief Minister B S Shekhawat and second by Ram Das Agarwal, a retiring Rajya Sabha member.

The state BJP apprehended cross-voting and could not formulate its poll strategy and, therefore, withdrew an independent candidate supported by it, Singh said.

He claimed seven Independents, 2 BSP and an RJD MLA had cast votes in favour of Congress.

On Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's rejecting Congress President Sonia Gandhi's charge that he was working under pressure of Sangh Parivar during the debate on Poto in Parliament, Singh said the Leader of the Oppositon in Parliament has every right to ask the Prime Minister on matters relating to public.

It was "utter frustration" on part of the Prime Minister, he said.
Bureau Report

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