While discussing Godhra riots and its after effects, the CM, who earlier had walked out of television talk-shows denying to discuss Godhra riots case, asserted, "Main gunehgaar hoon toh mujhe phaansi par latkaa do (Hang me if I am guilty)."
Modi gave the interview to former Rajya Sabha MP from Samajwadi Party, Shahid Siddiqui. The six page long article touched several issues including the state of Muslims in Gujarat and other sensitive issues.
According to Siddiqi, his decision to take Modi's interview was taken following his discussion with Bollywood director-producer Mahesh Bhatt and script writer Salim Khan. Here, it can be mentioned that Bhatt is well-known as one of the prominent critics of Modi.
Siddiqui, who is the editor of Nai Duniya, said, "We were discussing Gujarat at a common friend's place when both Salim saab and Bhatt saab suggested that a dialogue is a must to resolve any issue. I never thought Modi would agree to an interview that focused on post-Godhra riots."
However, Siddiqui overruled all speculations over Mulayam Singh's connection with Modi's interview. "This has nothing to do with SP or Netaji. I am a journalist first then a member of a political party," claimed Siddiqui.
Meanwhile, Mr Bhatt confirmed his discussion on Godhra riot and Modi with Siddiqui and Salim Khan. Explaining his view on the interview, Mr Bhatt claimed, "Shahid did his job as a journalist. It will be unfortunate if the write up is used as a PR exercise."