Narendra Modi sad about 2002 Gujarat riots but has no ‘guilt’

After the riots, Modi wanted to resign as chief minister but was prevailed upon by the party to continue.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:March 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Narendra Modi Thursday spelt out his vision for agriculture, stressing that he favoured policies that would double per-hectare production. (IE) On 2002 riots, Modi says, “I feel sad about what happened but no guilt. And no court has come even close to establishing it.” (IE photo)

Narendra Modi says that he was “sad” about the 2002 Gujarat riots but has no guilt, and that no court has “come even close to establishing” it.

He has suffered 12 years of public “Modi-bashing” since the time of the riots but says he had decided early on to “let the media do its work; there will be no confrontation”.

“I never waste my time in confontation”, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is quoted as sayig in a just-published biography written by a British author and TV producer Andy Marino.

Marino says in the book “Narendra Modi; A Political Biography”, published by Harper Collins, that he was given detailed access by Modi whom he accompanied aboard his helicopter during his campaign rallies and interviewed him over several weeks.

On 2002 riots, Modi says, “I feel sad about what happened but no guilt. And no court has come even close to establishing it.”

The 310-page book deals with the riots in some detail with “hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents”.

It discloses that after the riots, Modi wanted to resign as chief minister but was prevailed upon by the party to continue.

Marino says that BJP strongman had confided to him “possibly for the first time in an on-the-record interview, that he no longer wanted to be the chief minister after the riots because he had decided it was unfair on the people of the state who had been subjected to extreme abuse because of him”.

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    Zen Bhatia
    Mar 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    Can I buy a one word of NAMO after watching 12 years of glorifying his position of the riots, and w heartily supporting and saving the culprits including giving higher rank in his cabinet to the chief culprit and ignoring the pain and sufferings of the victims, denying them proper help and justice? FIR of thousands of riots victims were thrown out and national and international human rights organizations had to come forward to help the victims, and above all why NAMO had staged a months long VIJAY YATRA and defended the culprits and blamed the victims for the riots? Why he did not distribute the financial help extended by the center to the victims for years, and the Gujarat High Court and SC has to forced him to do so? Why Bajpayee has to say openly that NAMO has failed to carry out his Raj Dharma? The fact is that except Advani, no one wanted him to continue on his position, and sadly Advani might have been regretting for his help to NAMO at the crucial time.
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      Meghabir
      Mar 26, 2014 at 11:11 am
      Modi is losing steam. He is now fighting a losing battle.
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        Prabhu Shankar
        Mar 26, 2014 at 6:53 am
        this is only a bank politics of narendra modi .Modi speaks well in public rallies but he has not faced media for long time. Now he should agree to open-up to media..
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          Satish Kumar
          Mar 26, 2014 at 6:57 am
          The political process is not tied to any particular doctrine. Genuine political doctrines, rather, are the attempt to find particular and workable solutions to this perpetual and shifty problem of conciliation, narendra modi first need to learn about that..
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            steve james
            Mar 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm
            Good to know that Modiji was sincerely trying his best to stop the riots while congressi were invloved in killing, targeting oppositions, paid media, paid NGOs, anti-national elements were fully targeting modiji for only one agenda....while millions of people died under congress rule and not a single person got convicted!!!!!!
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