A day after the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the 2002 Gujarat riots summoned Chief Minister Narendra Modi for questioning, the state said it was exploring legal options before it.
“Whatever are the right legal options available we will explore them and, accordingly, what is required to be done would be done,” Gujarat government spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas said, adding that the state government and Modi would cooperate with “the process of law”.
The SIT, which has summoned Modi to appear before it on March 21, was acting on a petition filed by the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was murdered during the riots by a mob in Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society.
The state Congress on Friday questioned the conduct of the Nanavati Commission, set up to probe the riots.
“People have lost faith in the commission, (which is) operating for almost eight years,” Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said. “Even the officers appearing for questioning are tutored by their seniors as what to answer the commission.”
The BJP has come out in support of Modi, with party chief Nitin Gadkari saying the Gujarat BJP leader would make a good prime minister.
“We will cooperate with the judiciary, but we will back Modi one hundred per cent. The events (riots) were unfortunate, but the blame cannot be focused on Modi,” Gadkari told Headlines Today. “The UPA simply wants to shoot Modi politically by using the CBI.”
This is the first time Gadkari, who took over in December, has endorsed Modi for the top slot.
“He (Modi) is a role model for development politics,” he added. “A decision on the party’s prime ministerial candidate will be taken by senior leaders and the parliamentary body, but Modi is fully competent – he has the ability, capacity and potential to lead this country.”