After Guj riots judgement, Shah defends Modi

25 June, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Amit Shah, the union home minister, made a subtle jab at Congress for objecting when Rahul Gandhi was being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate. Shah asserted that Modi didn't fabricate a sto...

The Supreme Court’s decision in the 2002 Gujarat riots, which rejected a request for an inquiry into a “bigger conspiracy,” was applauded on Saturday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In an interview, Shah claimed that all accusations levelled against Prime Minister Narendra Modi were driven by politics. “Without speaking a word and withstanding every suffering like Lord Shankar’s “vishpaan,” a tall commander fought this 18–19 year battle. I intently saw him enduring this pain. Being silent while the case was still being decided required a lot of strength of character.”

The accusations were made public by a trio of the BJP’s political adversaries, politically motivated journalists who were ideologically driven, and certain NGOs. Everyone began taking lies to be true because their ecology was so strong, according to Shah.

Shah also discussed Zakia Jafri, the petitioner and wife of Congressman Ehsan Jafri who died in the riots, during the conversation. SC said that Zakia Jafri worked under someone else’s direction today. A number of victims’ affidavits were signed by an NGO without their knowledge. Everyone is aware that this was being done by Teesta Setalvad’s NGO. The home minister blamed activist and attorney Teesta Setalvad, saying that when the UPA Government took office at the time, it aided the NGO.

The Congress, which raised objections as its leader Rahul Gandhi was being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case, was also the target of a full-scale attack from Shah. “Come out in my support, call MLAs and MPs, and organise a dharna because Modi Ji didn’t engage in theatre when testifying before the SIT. He is willing to comply if SIT wants to question CM. Why would you object?” he asked.