‘Modi’s apology for Gujarat riots must come from within’

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said that an apology from Narendra Modi for the 2002 riots must come from “within”,and a forced apology would be meaningless.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2013 3:36 am

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said that an apology from Narendra Modi for the 2002 riots must come from “within”,and a forced apology would be meaningless.

“If anybody ever forces somebody to do something,especially an apology,that apology is worth nothing. It must come from within… I recall PM Manmohan Singh making a comment on the floor of the House (about the anti-Sikh riots). Nobody put a gun to his head. It is something that came from within … if someone,who is nowhere close to that position,he is so reluctant and feels so unapologetic about something,then why must anybody force him to apologise,” he said. Pilot’s comments came in response to a question on whether the Congress would ask Modi to apologise for the Gujarat riots,and BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s remarks that the Gujarat Chief Minister was sad over the incident.

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