January 5, 2012 1:22:14 am
Chief Minister Narendra Modi is taking his Sadbhavana Mission to Godhra. Around the 10th anniversary of the Sabarmati Express burning on February 27,he will hold a one-day fast at the town that saw the fiery carnage that set off the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Sources said some of those accused of setting the Sabarmati coaches on fire who were acquitted last year may also attend the fast. Modi has been holding one-day fasts across the state as part of his Sadbhavana rallies for communal harmony.
The CM plans to hold his Panchmahal district Sadbhavana Mission fast in mid or end of February at Godhra. The date is yet to be fixed, said sources.
Ramzani Zuzara,president of the Panchmahal district BJP minority cell,said they would try to bring as many Muslims as possible to greet the CM. We will get rid of the taint of 2002 and bring back communal harmony.
Of the 42 councillors in the Godhra municipality,the BJP has 18 Muslim faces. People may paint it whichever way but Godhra has changed. Today Godhra Muslims vote for the BJP,not the Congress, said Zuzara. All those acquitted (of the Sabarmati burning) are also eager to join the BJP.
In March 2011,a special court had held 31 guilty and acquitted 63.
Apart from getting minorities,the BJP has another welcome planned for Modi in Godhra a life-size statue.
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