Modi sidesteps question on apologizing for Gujarat riots, attacks Congress

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AHMEDABAD: Sidestepping the question of apologizing for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi on Tuesday night said the Congress should first account for their “sins” before asking him to tender an apology.

The BJP prime ministerial candidate was asked during an interview with TV 9 channel that there was a demand he should apologize for the riots in the state that broke out when he was the chief minister.

Q) There have been a series of allegations against you because of Gujarat riots. You have expressed regret but haven’t apologized. These people are asking for apology. A) Who are these people?

Q)Congress… A)None from Congress have come to meet me. Nor they have even spoken about it(apology). Congress people should first account for their sins before seeking account from others.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate was also asked whether he agreed with the statements made by leaders like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram that he was a “danger” to the country.

Q) Are you a danger? A) I have not heard Manmohan Singh speak like this during his ten-year tenure.

Modi also said that he has been taking care of Gujarat during his chief ministership for the past 12 to 15 years.

The chief minister said if there is a danger from any person it can be also from anyone living in a street or any mohalla.

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