Narendra Modi opens up on the pain of riots, mainly his own
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A day after an Ahmedabad court cleared Narendra Modi in the only case against him in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Friday declared he had been liberated from the pain and agony he had suffered in solitude and hoped potential partners would now be able to join hands with him.
"I feel liberated and at peace," Modi wrote in a blog post, referring to the court order that came as a major shot in the arm months before the Lok Sabha elections.
"With this cloud of misinformation firmly dispelled, I will now also hope that the many others out there trying to understand and connect with the real Narendra Modi would feel more empowered to do so," he wrote in the blog addressed to "My dear sisters and brothers".
With many potential allies considering Modi and the BJP virtually untouchable because of Modi's riots baggage, the Gujarat chief minister sought to underline that he had come out unscathed from "unprecedented scrutiny" of his conduct during the riots.
"The Gujarat government had responded to the violence more swiftly and decisively than ever done before in any previous riots in the country. Yesterday's judgement culminated a process of unprecedented scrutiny closely monitored by the highest court of the land, the honourable Supreme Court of India," he wrote.
His detractors, Modi added, had heartlessly added to the suffering of the riots victims reopening wounds and preventing them from healing.
"For so many years, they incessantly kept up their attack, leaving no stone unturned. What pained even more was that in their overzealousness to hit at me for their narrow personal and political ends, they ended up maligning my entire state and country.
"This heartlessly kept reopening the wounds that we were sincerely trying to heal. It ironically also delayed the very justice that these people claimed to be fighting for. Maybe they did not realise how much suffering they were adding to an already pained people.