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BJP warns Centre against President's rule in Gujarat

Rajnath Singh said that if Centre dared to impose President's Rule, Narendra Modi-led BJP will again come to power.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 21:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The BJP on Sunday warned the Centre against imposing President's Rule in Gujarat after Justice UC Banerjee report on Sabarmati Express carnage found that it was an "accidental fire".

"If Centre dared to impose President Rule in the state using the report, the Narendra Modi-led BJP will again come to power with thumping majority in the state assembly as Modi is a popular leader of the Gujarat state," BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters.

"It was a politically motivated report and made public on the eve of elections to the five state assemblies for deriving political mileage," Singh alleged.

Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Gujarat, reminded that the interim report of the Banerjee committee was made public on the eve of assembly poll to the Bihar assembly.

Singh has demanded CBI probe into the report of Justice Banerjee, which probed the fire that engulfed the ill-fated S6 coach of Sabarmati Expres at Godhra on February 27, 2002 killing 59 people.

"Even FIR registered with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) did not say it as an accident and still investigations have been going on into this case then how can Banerjee Committee describe it as an accident," asked Singh.

Welcoming the nuclear deal between India and the US signed during President George W Bush's visit to India last week, Singh said the Centre should have pressurised the US President to ask Pakistan to apologise for selling nuclear bomb secret to Iran.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 21:45 IST