Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday demanded an apology from all those who made ‘politically motivated’ allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots. Speaking exclusively to news agency ANI, a day after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the prime minister, Shah said: “… the people who made the allegations … if they have internal conscience, they should apologize to Modi ji and BJP.”
Shah, who had staged protests against the Congress over the Rashtriya Janata Party’s directorate in the National Herald case, questioned Modi (the then Gujarat Chief Minister) and said the BJP did not protest.
Prime Minister Modi has set an ideal example for all political figures on how to respect the Constitution in a democracy.G But no one protested, workers all over the country united with ModiG”He told ANI.
“We cooperated with the law. I was arrested. We did not protest.
Shah had barraged against Bharatiya Janata Party rivals, accusing some NGOs and ideologically driven journalists of spreading the allegations.
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Shah said, “The state and the CM are involved in the riots … it was an allegation.
Shah praised Narendra Modi, saying, “I have endured pain for 18-19 years as Lord Shiva poisoned him.”
Amit Shah said, “I have watched Modi Ji endure this pain … he is not speaking on behalf of the truth while facing charges and judicial proceedings. Only a person with a strong heart can do it.” .
Read: Shah defends Modi after Gujarat riots
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was murdered during the Gulberg Society massacre in February 2002.
Read: SC dismisses appeal of major Gujarat riots
Jafri had tried to question the clean chit given to Modi by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Citi Ravikumar upheld the Gujarat court order and said Jafri’s appeal was not meritorious.
With input from ANI