VHP smells blood,wants all appeals for death penalty in riot cases withdrawn

After the Gujarat government’s move to withhold its decision to seek death penalty for ex-minister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya case,the VHP has now demanded withdrawal of all appeals seeking death penalty in other riot cases as well.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published:May 14, 2013 5:33 am

After the Gujarat government’s move to withhold its decision to seek death penalty for ex-minister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya case,the VHP has now demanded withdrawal of all appeals seeking death penalty in other riot cases as well. In a press statement,Gujarat VHP general secretary Ranchhod Bharvad said,“The VHP demands that the Gujarat government should give clear order to its law department not to seek any punishment for Hindus henceforth,and also to file an independent appeal against verdicts that have given harsh punishments in such cases.”

Anti-Gujarati elements hindering growth: Modi

Attacking Congress,Chief Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday alleged that anti-Gujarat elements continued to hinder the state’s progress despite being taught a befitting lesson by the people in the elections.

“Those who are mindlessly criticising Gujarat day and night will continue to do so. Instead of joining the journey of the state’s development,they continue to spread lies,” Modi said while addressing farmers at the launch of 9th Krishi Mahotsav 2013 in Radhanpur,Patan district.

He pointed out that the craze to be on television or in the news is such that anti-Gujarat elements have invented new ways of spreading lies and provoke farmers to stage protests against his government.

“The people of Gujarat know such people very well and have answered them on many occasions through the ballot,” Modi said.

Claiming that neither they nor their party would gain by criticising Gujarat and allegedly blocking of the state’s progress,Modi asked such “anti-state elements” to give up and join the development journey of Gujarat. “By opposing things,you will not gain. Neither will your party gain,and the question of Gujarat gaining does not arise,” Modi said,in his speech.

He stressed on the need to embrace drip irrigation in Gujarat and said that from 1960-2000,only 12,000 hectares of land was under drip irrigation whereas today,over 9 lakh hectares in Gujarat is drip irrigated.

Taking a dig at Opposition Congress,Modi said “honour them if they embrace drip irrigation,even if they burn Modi’s effigies,because drip irrigation is more important than Modi”.

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