Congress remembered the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a “statesman” who had adviced the then chief minister Narendra Modi to follow “rajdharma” during the 2002 communal riots.
When the riots broke out in Gujarat after the mass killing of kar sevaks in Godhra in February 2002. The Gujarat government and, in particular, chief minister Narendra Modi attracted severe condemnation on account of the incident. The demand for Modi’s resignation raised by the opposition parties had reached a crescendo.
LK Advani, Arun Shourie and Jaswant Singh was present on the flight when the decision was taken on Modi’s resignation. However, at the meet itself, Modi reportedly declared he would step down as the CM of Gujarat. Immediately, a chorus of party workers and office bearers began chanting that Modi must not be sacked over the riots.
In this interview, BJP leader LK Advani tells what actually happened during that time.
Atal Ji wanted Modi to resign post 2002 riots and Modi did offer to step down as Gujarat CM, says LK Advani in an interview with @rahulkanwal #NEWSROOM #AtalBehariVajpayee
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