Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday ruled out the imposition of President's Rule in Gujarat with party spokesman Sunil Shastri saying that 'there is no case for it in the state'.
Shastri's contention came when reporters asked him to clarify why, when the party had earlier demanded President's Rule in Bihar on the premise of disturbed law and order situation, the same
yardstick could not be applied in Gujarat.
"Please be fair, how can you expect me to answer something that had happened a long time ago?" he asked.
Shastri dismissed suggestions that the Narendra Modi's BJP government in Gujarat had failed to control the law and order situation, contending that 'in three to four days (of the riots
starting in the state), the situation was brought under control'.
"The party is pained to note the one-sided coverage in both the print and electronic media on the preliminary report of the National Human Rights Commission on the riots in Gujarat," Shastri
Saying that the NHRC had taken 'good note' of the 'relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures by the Modi government', the spokesman asserted that in many instances, efforts had been made
by the collectors and district officers on their own initiative to disburse relief materials to the riot victims.
He said the commission has also noted that no guidelines were given by the state home department regarding the usage of Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance regarding individual cases in Godhra.
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