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Union Minister for Food Shanta Kumar on Thursday severely criticised
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for failing to control the violence
in the state.
Modi's continuation in office was beyond human norms, he told
"If I were in his place I would have quit," he said.
"What has happened in Gujarat after the Godhra incident is inhuman. The
burning of the train must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
But what happened thereafter would shake the conscience of any right
thinking and self-respecting man," he added.
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, however, did not agree with the
"Who is he [Shanta Kumar] to ask for resignation of Modi. Modi had done
what was right under the circumstances. We know why Shanta Kumar is
gunning for Modi's head," said a senior RSS leader, who did not wish to be
"When Modi was [BJP] general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh,
from where Shanta Kumar comes, he did not allow Kumar to fill the state
party posts with his yes-men. Modi had sidetracked Kumar. That is why
Kumar is talking about resigning if he were in place of Modi," he said.
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