Narendra Modi should show remorse: Digvijaya Singh
September, 13th 2011
The BJP on Monday said there was never a shred of evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and they stand vindicated after the Supreme Court order on the 2002 Godhra riots. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked Modi to show remorse for the riots.
Rajdeep Sardesai: Do you believe that the celebratory tone among the BJP is justified, do you believe that BJP has a reason to say that their leader has been vilified by people like you for years and now he is being vindicated?
Digvijaya Singh: The kind of genocide that took place in 2002 does not call for any celebration. In fact it is utter matter of shame, in fact these are the words expressed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee because they did not fulfill their obligation of rajdharma.
Rajdeep Sardesai: And you believe that Narendra Modi must apologise for 2002, that he must express remorse?
Digvijaya Singh: Yes, of course yes. He has been instrumental in these riots, he asked his officers and there is an evidence. A police officer has been given an oath that he instructed them not to intervene.
Rajdeep Sardesai: But this is at the stage of political battle at the moment, the courts have to finally pronounce him. Are you pronouncing Modi guilty even before the courts pronounce him guilty?
Digvijaya Singh: No, I am only going on basic facts made available through media and I have not gone through the records, so I can't really comment. But the fact remains that it did happen and in this case police officers have gone on record to say. Even an affidavit was issued that asked them not to intervene and allow the Hindus to do what they want to do, this was not there in 1984.