The BJP Government in Gujarat on Friday came out in the defence of party MLA and former minister Maya Kodnani,who surrendered before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Gandhinagar on Friday afternoon,claiming she was innocent in the Naroda Patiya massacre case.
Government spokesman Jay Narayan Vyas told mediapersons that the Gujarat High Courts judgment,rejecting Kodnanis anticipatory bail,was a mere legal procedure,and hence it could not be inferred that the court had judged the minister guilty.
The government honours the HCs verdict, he said. Vyas said Kodnani had resigned from her post of Minister of State for Higher Education and Women and Child Development and Chief Minister Narendra Modi had accepted her resignation.
The Chief Minister had sent the resignation to Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma,recommending the Kodnani be relieved from her ministerial post. The spokesman said it was up to Kodnani to seek further legal remedies in the case and that the law will take its own course.
Responding to a query,he said since the ruling BJP considers this (the Maya episode) as a non-issue,the party has no plans whatsoever to make it a poll plank in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Vyas said he strongly believed that the Opposition Congress may rake up this issue during the LS poll campaign for electoral gains,but it would not succeed in its attempt because the track record of the Congress is also not good. No Congress minister had resigned in the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi,or the 1969 communal riots in Ahmedabad,he added.