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Modi should resign on moral grounds: Congress

March 12, 2010 13:49 IST

With the Special Investigation Team summoning Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for questioning in connection with the post-Godhra riots, the Congress on Friday demanded that he should quit on moral grounds.

"Modi has no right to be the chief minister once the SIT has summoned him. He should resign on moral grounds," Congress state in-charge P Sudhakar Reddy said on Friday.

Reddy, who is also the All Indian Congress Committee secretary, was speaking to media after participating in a 10-km-walk organised by the state Congress from Gandhi Ashram to Kochrab Ashram on 80th anniversary of the Dandi March in Ahmedabad.

Reddy said it is shameful for the people of Gujarat that their chief minister has been summoned by the Supreme Court appointed probe panel.

Modi would be questioned for the first time for his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots with the apex court-appointed SIT summoning him for questioning him on March 21.

The 60-year-old senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader suffered the ignominy of being the first-ever chief minister of any state to be called for questioning in a criminal complaint after he and his administration were accused of aiding and abetting riots in a area in Ahmedabad.

The summons by the SIT eight years after the post-Godhra riots, were issued on a complaint by Zakia Jaffery, widow of former Congress Member of Parliament Ehsan Jaffery who was killed along with 69 others in the communal violence at Gulburg society.
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