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My government will not be vindictive: Narendra Modi on Robert Vadra

Congress must apologise for sins committed by it first, Modi said when asked about Gujarat riots. Tweet This
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Modi reacted with a brief silence at first when confronted with a question on Gujarat riots. Modi reacted with a brief silence at first when confronted with a question on Gujarat riots.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has once again maintained silence on the issue of apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Gujarat Chief Minister faced the question this time in an interview to a regional television news channel.

During an interview to TV9, Modi reacted with a brief silence at first when confronted with a question on Gujarat riots, and then made an attempt to skirt the question. But when the interviewer continued to raise the issue of the Congress seeking an apology from him over the Gujarat riots, Modi hit back at the party saying “the Congress must first give an account of sins committed by it before talking about others”.

In the interview that was quite candid, the Gujarat Chief Minister also talked about the issue of alleged land deals of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. He dismissed any witchhunt on the issue if the BJP came to power, saying that his government would be positive in approach and would not be “vindictive” in any form.

The BJP PM candidate also ruled out that there was a ‘Modi wave’, saying the wave was merely of the party, adding that he agreed on the point with veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi. He added, “Modi can never be bigger than BJP…can a son ever be bigger than the mother?”

When asked about the anger of BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani and other senior leaders, as reported in the media, Modi said that he had learnt everything from his seniors, and would remain indebted to them. “I am whatever I am because of my seniors…my seniors worked to bring the party to the level where it stands at present.”

He, however, skirted a question on why the Ram Mandir missed in his speeches. He just maintained that the stand of the BJP on the issue was mentioned in the party manifesto.

‘Not silent on riots’

In a separate interview to news agency ANI, Modi said he was not silent on Gujarat riots.

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