Countering Salman Khan's statement on Modi, Nitish Kumar on Monday, Jan 20 said that 2002 riots in Gujarat "can neither be forgiven nor forgotten."
Bihar CM's statement on Gujarat riots and Modi surfaced just hours after Salman's statement that Modi need not apologise for Gujarat riots 2002. He said that the BJP leader should not apologise for the communal violence since the judiciary has already exonerated him.
Gujarat riot can neither be forgiven nor forgotten: Nitish Kumar
The actor, who played it safe in Ahmedabad when asked about his preference as the future prime minister of India, stuck to his position during the interview. When asked about endorsing Modi, Khan said he is not in favour of letting his view influence his fans' judgment.
JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar ended his 17-year alliance with the BJP in 2013 over BJP's decision to elevate Modi to its top campaigner for Lok Sabha election 2014. Like other detractors of Modi, the Bihar chief minister alleges that the BJP leader should be held accountable for the communal violence that lacerated Gujarat during his first term as its chief minister.
Recently, a court in Gujarat upheld a Supreme Court investigation that cleared Mr Modi of allegations of complicity in the riots.