Those who accused Modi must say sorry: Akbar on Gujarat riots
Having once himself accused Narendra Modi for the Gujarat riots, current BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar today said that all who had spoken out against Mr Modi at that time must now have the courage to admit their mistake.
He maintained Mr Modi has been presented with a clean chit by repeated enquiries conducted at behest of a rival government.
'I am deeply grateful to the UPA government since they have raised every question there was to be asked (regarding the riots). He (Modi) has been subjected to the most intense scrutiny for any chief minister by a host of agencies,' he said.
'But no one has been able to hold Mr Modi personally responsible for the riots,' he added.
Mr Akbar said had the enquiries being conducted by the NDA government, there might have been some doubt, but all the probes were ordered by the rival UPA government, which could not find any role of Mr Modi.
Mentioning that he had also criticised Mr Modi during the riots, Mr Akbar added, 'Those who had accused him at that time must have the courage to say sorry now.'
The veteran journalist-turned-politician maintained that the BJP will sweep to power under Mr Modi and herald a new change for the better in Indian politics.
(Posted on 03-04-2014)