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Narendra Modi can’t escape moral responsibility for Gujarat riots: Sharad Pawar

Modi cannot escape "moral responsibility" for riots notwithstanding 'clean chit' given to him, said Pawar.

New Delhi |
March 19, 2014 5:09:46 pm

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi cannot escape “moral responsibility” for the 2002 post-Godhra riots notwithstanding the “clean chit” given to him by a court.

Pawar at the same time said he respected the verdict of the court that exonerated the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate in a Gujarat riots case.

“The court has said something that we have to respect. But I also say, if I am a CM of the state, and if something happens like this(riots), I cannot bypass my responsibility, moral responsibility,” the Union Agriculture Minister told a news channel.

On being specifically asked whether he believed that Modi had the moral responsibility when riots broke out in Gujarat, Pawar replied,” Any CM including Narendra Modi.”

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On his earlier statement that Modi should no longer be held responsible for the communal violence as a court has exonerated him, Pawar reiterated that decision of the court should be respected.

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