Modi's comments in the interview that said that he was ready to be hanged if he was found guilty in the 2002 Godhra riots had stirred a political conspiracy. The matter that the interviewer was a close member of the SP had also fuelled speculation that the party was warming up to Modi and to the BJP as well.
Distancing themselves from the highly flammable controversy, Yadav has been quoted as saying, "Shahid Siddiqui is not a member of the SP. He left the party a long time back and later joined the Lok Dal. He can go to Modi if he wants to."
Sources have, however, been quoted as saying that Siddiqui was sacked for interviewing Modi and the party was irked by this. He had earlier too ruffled the party's stand by sharply criticising Mayawati when he was with the BSP that ultimately led to his ouster from the party.