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Growing chorus for Modi's dismissal

By Staff
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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) Expressing concern over the developments in Vadodara, the Shahi imam of Delhi's grand old Fatehpuri mosque, leaders of All India Minorities Front and the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Democratic Women's Association clamoured for dismissal of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today.

The Imam used his speech before the Friday congregation to hit out at the Modi dispensation, calling the demolition of the dargah in Vadodara and ''selective'' police action against minority community members a ''serious crime''.

''We are not satisfied with just Army patrols there. The UPA Government must remove Mr Narendra Modi from the Chief Minister's post,'' he said.

Meanwhile, a large number of AIMF supporters organised a demonstration at the Bhooli Bhatiyari Masjid on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg demanding imposition of President's rule in Gujarat.

The AIMF also submitted a memorandum listing their demands with the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

In a statement, the AIDWA expressed ''deep concern'' over the violence. An anti-enchroachment drive was transformed by the Baroda administration and the police into a ''vicious attack on minority sentiments and then on their lives and livelihood'', it alleged.

It asked the Central government to take ''appropriate action'' in the matter. Pending cases relating to the 2002 riots should be expedited and a CBI enquiry ordered into aspects of the riots in which the state administration and the government were involved, it added.

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