Friday, November 16, 2012

Modi interview: Mulayam hard on Shahid

Ahmedabad: 29-07-12, Daily Eng. News.

Ahmedabad: If you dont plan to criticize Narendra Modi,better keep mum.Samajwadi
Party worker and editor of a leading Urdu weekly,Shahid Siddiqui,learnt this the hard
way on Saturday.He was shown the door by the party for antiparty activities after he
interviewed the Gujarat chief minister on the 2002 communal riots.
I learnt about my ouster from television channels.Nobody called me,nobody
served me a show-cause notice for the alleged anti-party activity, Siddiqui told TOI.He
adds he was inducted into the party by Mulayam Singh Yadav in January in presence of
Akhilesh Singh Yadav and Azam Khan and that he had defended the party at various
All my life,I have fought against communal forces and criticized Modi on
numerous occasions.It was Mulayam Singhji who had embraced a communal man like
Kalyan Singh, he said.In the past,I had interviewed Mulayam Singhji when I was still
with Congress, he said.
The Congress party supported SPs decision to disown Siddiqui but the BJP
described it as his crucifixion for presenting facts.
Siddiqui had left SP long back and joined BSP on whose ticket he contested
Lok Sabha election from Bijnor, SPs national general secretary and spokesman Ram
Gopal Yadav said from Lucknow.
Siddqiuis expulsion has once again exposed the faces of the anti-Gujarat gang
and revealed its revengeful mindset against the state, Gujarat government spokesperson
Jaynarayan Vyas said.
In July last year,Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi was removed from the
post of vice-chancellor of Darool Uloom,Deobandh after he praised economic growth
in Gujarat.Earlier,in March 2009,CPI (M) MP from Kerala,A P Abdullakutty was
sacked from the party after he exhorted the Kerala government to emulate Modis
development model in January that year.Abdullakutty has joined Congress.
Leaders like Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Anna Hazare too have
made U turns after praising Modi and Gujarat.Questions were raised over Amitabh
Bachchans decision to endorse Brand Gujarat.
Salim Khan,celebrated Bollywood writer and father of superstar Salman
Khan,says,Nobody can deny the fact that Gujarat has progressed.And,Muslims have
been a part of the growth story.Saying that Gujarat has excellent roads and good power

supply doesnt mean a clean chit to Modi.Who are we to give clean chits when we have
a very dependable judiciary