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Vanzara letter: Left demands Modi's resignation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 04, 2013
First Published: 22:57 IST(4/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(5/9/2013)

Congress and Left parties on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and he be prosecuted in the light of charges raised by jailed police officer DG Vanzara.

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Both SP and JD(U) on Wednesday  also mounted a strong attack on Modi.

As soon as Rajya Sabha met for the day, some Congress members were on their feet displaying banners that read "Chief Minister Gujarat Must Resign" in the wake of charges levelled by suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara.

Vanzara, who resigned from the IPS, has accused the Narendra Modi government of having failed to protect the jailed police officers who fought against "Pakistan inspired terrorism".

To counter the Congress members, BJP MPs led by Ravi Shankar Prasad raised the issue of CBI investigating officer reportedly wanting to question Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the missing files relating to coal block allotments done when he also held the charge of coal ministry.

In the din, the House didn’t transact any legislative business till noon.

The CPI-M asked Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to quit and demanded his prosecution following charges by a jailed police officer that he had approved 'encounter killings'.

"The CPI-M demands that Narendra Modi be prosecuted in the concerned cases and should forthwith step down from office," party politburo said in a statement. The CPM demanded a discussion on the issue in Rajya Sabha as well.

Vanzara, once known to be close to Modi, has been in jail since April 2007.

The CPI-M also called for a Supreme Court supervised inquiry into a CD which refers to efforts by the BJP leadership to sabotage the process of justice in some of the criminal cases.

"In the meanwhile, the bail of Amit Shah should be cancelled," the CPI(M) said. CPI leader D Raja said the matter has completely exposed Modi government.

JD (U) leader KC Tyagi on Wednesday said that his party doesn't want Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's resignation but they want BJP to declare him its PM candidate so that the country can give him an answer.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said DG Vanzara’s allegations against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has left the nation stunned.

Calling for strict state government action in the fake encounter cases, Agarwal said, "It is a very serious issue. Vanzara should have said this earlier, if it is true. He has said it after seven years. But he has levelled allegations that have left everyone stunned. I think the Gujarat Government should take strict action with all this in mind."


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