Modi warns anti-Gujarat forces to sweep state in next 24 hrs

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Ambaji (Guj), Feb 13: With Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the thick of things ahead of the Ahmedabad court opening a crucial SIT report on post-Godhra riots, Modi has warned that a "storm of criticism by anti-Gujarat forces" will sweep the state in the next 24 hours.

Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Sadhbhavana fast on Sunday, Modi commented, "There will be a storm in the form of criticism in next 24 hours, but the anti-Gujarat forces will not be successful in doing any harm. Those who have been criticising Gujarat for the last one decade are going to come back to abuse us once again and this is because they cannot digest the success of Sadhbhavna that is peace, unity and harmony."

The magisterial court will conduct a crucial hearing on the Special Investigation Team report that was filed based on the complaint against Modi and others in the 2002 riots. The SIT had not found any prosecutable evidence against Modi to name him an accused in the case. [UPDATE: Anti-Modi activist Teesta gets death threats]

Modi in his statement said that these 'anti-Gujarat forces' cannot accept the fact that peace, harmony and brotherhood prevails in the state, and not to treat Gujaratis as people of an enemy state. He commented, "They have done enough of salt rubbing into our wounds, but they cannot misguide the people of Gujarat. They cannot see Muslims, Christians and people of other religions working together. Few people who are against Gujarat are baffled by the success of Sadhbhavna."

He also slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his recent statement that malnutrition was a shame for the nation. On this, Modi stated, "He (Prime Minister) accepted that malnutrition was a shame, but what next. What to do? Merely expressing his pain will not resolve the problem." As a symbolic defiance to the issue, Modi said that Gujarat tackled the issue of malnutrition with the distribution of Sukhdi (sweet preparation made of jaggery and wheat flour) and dry fruits to malnourished children. This Sukhdi was donated by hundreds of good-minded people.

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