Hyderabad : All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen ( AIMIM) chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi takes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘bathing in raincoat’ remark on former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and questioned Narendra Modi’s actions in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre when he was Gujarat’s chief minister.
“If ex PM MMS was wearing raincoat in Bathroom, may I ask PM Modi what were you wearing CM Gujarat when Ehsan Jafri & others where butchered (sic),” Owaisi tweeted on Thursday morning.
If ex PM MMS was wearing raincoat in Bathroom may I ask PM Modi wht where you wearing CM Gujarat when Ehsan Jafri & others where butchered
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) February 9, 2017
The Gulbarg Society killings was one of the worst incidents of the 2002 riots in Gujarat. This is the eighth of the nine cases that the Supreme Court-appointed SIT had probed and trial was monitored by the apex court.
During the Gujarat riots a Hindu mob attacked the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad in which 69 people were killed. Among the deceased was former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri who was brutally murdered and burnt by the mob.
Zakia Jafri, the window of slained Ehsan Jafri accused the then CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi for neglecting their plea for help when mob was outside Gulbarg Society.
A key witness in the Gulbarg massacre case has told a special court that chief minister Narendra Modi had abused former MP Ahsan Jafri when he called him for help on February 28, 2002.
“When I asked him what Modi said, he said there was no question of help, instead he got abuses,” Imtiyaz Saeedkhan Pathan told court during the trial. When a mob went on a killing spree at Gulbarg society a day after the Godhra carnage, Jafri, whose home had turned into a refuge, was making frantic phone calls to every one for help.
The trial saw many twists and turns and controversies from the beginning, prompting the Apex Court to stay its trial along with other most crucial cases after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) filed a petition challenging the investigation by the Gujarat police.
Congress condemned PM Modi’s jibe and called its ‘Ugly remarks’
Congress demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for his “ugly remark” against former premier Manmohan Singh or else it would not let the Rajya Sabha function.
After walking out of the House in protest, deputy leader of opposition Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal condemned Modi’s attack on Singh as “most unacceptable”. “It is in extremely poor taste. It is unbecoming of a PM to use such language for a former PM and certainly unbecoming for anybody to make such a harsh, ugly statement about Manmohan Singh,” Chidambaram said.
The Congress threat of blockade threatens to revert Parliament back to the chaos of the winter session. But for the moment, it may hurt business only on Thursday after which the two Houses go into a month-long break. Calling the PM unprecedentedly arrogant, Sibal said Modi had conveyed that he would not come to the House for his reply till deputy leader of opposition Anand Sharma had finished his speech.
“He should know he is everybody’s PM, including ours. The post he occupies has dignity,” he said.