Tehelka expose is political conspiracy: Sena

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Mumbai, Oct 27: Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today said that the Tehelka expose on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the time of elections is a political conspiracy to defame the majority community and asked why the ''pseudo secularists'' were not questioning the delay in hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, accused in Parliament attack case.

In a release here today, Mr Thackeray came out in support of Mr Modi and said that the leaders demanding arrest of Mr Modi are eyeing minority community votes in the state elections which are scheduled to be held in December.

Mr Thackeray also wondered why people are not saying anything about the Godhra train carnage which led to the riots in 2002.

Criticising Samajwadi Party MP Abu Asim Azmi for demanding arrest of Mr Modi, the junior Thackeray said that he should demand the arrest of his party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav instead, who, he alleged, is responsible for the murder of 'Karsevaks'.

Speaking about the demand for implementation of recommendations of the Srikrishna Commission Report, Mr Thackeray said that those who are demanding it are ignoring the murder of Mathadi workers at Bhendi Bazar, in south Mumbai and the setting up of Radhabai Chawl on fire at Jogeshwari during the 1993 riots here.

Mr Thackeray also criticised 'Sting' operators for their 'pseudo secular' approach and added that leaders like Laloo Prasad Yadav and Shibu Soren continue to hold posts in ministry despite facing charges of corruption and murder.

He said that the 'pseudo secularists' should not bother about what Mr Modi should or should not do, as it is the people of Gujarat who will take the final decision about Mr Modi in the upcoming elections.

UNI

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