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Modi should go, says Brinda

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) Communist Party of India (Marxist) today demanded the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after the U C Banerjee Commission's final report held that the Godhra train blaze was an accident.

''For Chief Minister Narendra Modi, this is the second reason to resign,'' CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat told UNI.

After the Best Bakery convictions showed how the Gujarat government subverted justice, the final report of the Banerjee Commission shows Mr Modi has now right to continue, said Ms Karat, a Rajya Sabha member.

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said the Commission's report rocks the bottom out of the deliberate, provocative propaganda against a minority community started by ''Modi and his people''.

When the Commission submitted its interim report which too had said the fire that killed 59 people was ''accidental'', the CPI (M) had asked the UPA government to take action, said Ms Karat.

'' Now that the final report has come, we hope the UPA government will discharge its responsibility,'' she said.

She said the government should also consider the case of those who have been languishing in jail after being arrested for their alleged involvement in the train fire.

There are 135 people arrested under the POTA who are still in jails, she added.

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