Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi has reportedly told an Urdu Daily that he should be hanged if he is found guilty in the 2002 riots in the state.
Modi made the remarks while giving an interview to Urdu daily Nai Duniya.
He made the comments when editor of the paper and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shahid Siddiqui asked him that why he did not 'apologize' to the nation for the incident.
"Hang me if I am guilty," Modi said in the interview.
Modi discussed the 2002 Gujarat riot in the interview with Siddiqui.
Speaking on the interview, Siddiqui said: "I asked him that why do not you apologise as Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh apologised, even Rajiv Gandhi had apologised to the nation. So why do not you apologise to the nation?"
"He said that there is no question of apologising because if I have committed this crime then I should not be forgiven. I should be hanged," Siddiqui said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia on Thursday said Modi should make these statements in the court.
"He should give these statements to the judiciary and the court in which cases are running against him," Modhwadia said.
"Even today, in many cases, his name has come up. Even his own party, the BJP, believes that he has made a mistake. So, such type of the utterances is not acceptable," he said.
The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the BJP rule in the state.
The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.
Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.
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