Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that he will go on a three-day fast from September 17, described by him as "sadbhavna mission" after the Supreme Court verdict, which gave him a breather on his 'role' in the Gulberg society massacre case.
Modi sent out an open letter saying the Supreme Court judgment in a 2002 riots case had exonerated him and he planned the sadbhavana mission in the state to improve "brotherhood" in the state.
He said his fast is meant to enhance dignity of the state and strengthen social harmony and brotherhood in the society.
“Hate is never conquered by hate. The real strength of our country is its unity and harmony. Unity in diversity is the defining feature of India. It is our responsibility to strengthen unity in our social life," he was quoted as saying in the open letter issued by the state information department.
"One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court's judgment - the unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false allegations made against me and government of Gujarat, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and the state of Gujarat... But one thing is certain that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb," he said in the letter. Read full letter
He added that, "For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and the state of Gujarat. These elements who could not tolerate any positive development of Gujarat have not left any stone unturned to defame Gujarat." Take poll: Is Modi's plan to fast a genuine political statement?
"After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations... I humbly submit before you that, as part of this responsibility to strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, I am thinking of starting a movement of Sadbhavana Mission," he said.
Modi also stated, "As part of this Sadbhavana Mission, I have resolved to fast for three days from, Saturday, the 17th September 2011. My fast will conclude on 19th September. I deeply believe that this fast will further strengthen Gujarat's environment of peace, unity and harmony."