Stockholm syndrome: Muslims support Modi; Cong shocked?

Salman Khurshid
New Delhi, Sept 20: A new controversy may soon hit Congress-BJP relation over Salman Khurshid's comment on Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi's fast. Citing the huge popularity for Modi's three-day fast among the Muslims, Khurshid claimed, "it's Stockholm syndrome in Gujarat."

Congress leader and Union Law Minister, Khurshid stated, "(Narendra Mod's fast) a case of Stockholm Syndrome...where the oppressed praise the oppressor."

However, the Congress leader also clarified his stand on the comment saying that he or his party do not oppose an independent, rational choice to support a political party that any individual might have made. Though, Khurshid seem to have been shocked after noticing "so many Muslims were seemingly happy under Modi."

Despite Khurshid's clarification on the "Stockholm syndrome" comment, it's being widely cleared that Congress is yet to accept the fact that Muslims in Gujarat, indeed, seem to have left the memories of Godhra wounds back.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain earlier had claimed, "The perception of BJP and Modi being (anti-minority) is not correct. The fact is that Muslims in Gujarat are progressing. People have come here, spoke about their view and acceptance of the government. People of minority community in large number at the fast in not a fabrication."

Meanwhile, many 2002 Gujarat riots survivors seem to have ridiculed Modi's three-day Sadbhavna fast calling it a "Natak". One of the survivors, Prof Bandukwala has been disdainful of Modi's fast. He said, "Suddenly he has realised it that for prime ministership he wants to make friend from Muslims and coming out with Sadbhavna fast. I think this is an insult of Muslims, particularly to those who have suffered in riots."

Here it can be recalled that Modi has always been accused of oppressing the Muslims and minorities in the state. Modi's decision to hold the fast also had emerged after the Supreme Court ordered over the charge-sheet against Modi in Godhra riot case.

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