RASHTRIYA SAHARA,quoting from the Special Investigation Teams (SIT) report on the 2002 Gujarat riots,in its May 9 editorial,writes that following the leakage of the report about the clean chit for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,he whispered into the ears of some chosen journalists that the amicus curiae too has said in his report that there is no case for prosecution against him and that he had done no wrong by getting the burnt corpses of the (Godhra) victims to Ahmedabad in a procession… But now it has been known that the amicus curiae,Raju Ramachandran,had not said anything like that. This rumour was floated from the CMs office for lessening the sense of guilt of Modi and for misleading people. The amicus curiae has,according to reports,highlighted two aspects. First,that Modi is responsible for generating hatred and ill will between the Hindu and Muslim communities of Gujarat and second,that not only (does) Modis role not come up to the parameters of (the) law,his utterings and actions had resulted in a serious danger to national integration.
The daily Inquilab,in its report on May 9,writes: Regarding the statements of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt,the amicus curiae has said that he does not think the police officer would make such a grave allegation against the CM without any basis. Hamara Samaj,headlining its lead report on May 9 as Modi ka paap abhi dhula naheen (Modis sin has not yet been washed away) has,like many other papers,dwelt on the amicus curiaes report to the effect that Modi can be prosecuted.
BETTING on a Muslim president,Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiquis Nai Duniya,in its April 30-May 6 issue,lists Vice-President Hamid Ansari,Farooq Abdullah,A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi,former minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief,Rajya Sabha MP K. Rehman Khan,law minister Salman Khurshid,Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and former Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson Najma Heptullah,as possible contenders. Siddiqui writes: Mulayam Singh has made such a move (shatranj ki chaal) on the chessboard of the presidential election that can even make him the next prime minister. He elaborates: Mulayam Singh Yadav knows that no party will get a majority in 2014. If the SP succeeds in winning 50 Lok Sabha seats from UP,it would hold the key to power. If this happens,the crown of prime ministership can be put on the head of Mulayam Singh Yadav. But for this,he would need a president who is sympathetic to him…
Ruling out most from his list of probables,Siddiqui says: The name of C.K. Jaffer Sharief from the south is also very important… If Mulayam Singh Yadav pushes his name,it would get much popularity amongst Muslims. Jaffer Sharief sahib can,on one hand,represent the south and Muslims on the other. But it is difficult to get for him the support of the BJP and Sonia Gandhi because Jaffer Sharief is one of those Muslim leaders who does not hesitate to speak the truth. The Delhi-based Jadeed Khabar concludes that in the race for president… only two names are being considered and these are of Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari. The paper points out that the role of Mulayam Singh Yadav will be very important in this election as he has the largest number of MLAs (206) among the regional parties.
THE nomination of Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha has invited a variety of reactions. Hyderabads Siasat,in its April 30 editorial,writes: The personality of Sachin has been spotless and he has performed something for the country that has not been done by any other cricketer in the history of the game. Perhaps,the Congress is trying to take political advantage of this very spotless record. Another Hyderabad-based daily,Munsif,in its editorial on April 28 comments: Sachin is also an idol for Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and the demand for a Bharat Ratna for him too was first raised by him. Very often he praises Sachin and Sachin too,has great regard for him. Political observers opine that Shiv Sena had a plan of making political use of the proposal to award the Bharat Ratna to Sachin because of his popularity. But the plan has been foiled by the Congress.