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Modi should be tried by War Crime Tribunal
|New Delhi: A newly-formed organisation, Forum for Cultural Democracy which includes two former prime ministers, I.K. Gujral and V.P. Singh besides many distinguished intellectuals and human rights activists demanded the central government to cancel the Joganunath Rath Yatra scheduled to start in Gujarat form 12 July.
A delegation of this Forum, led by I.K. Gujral met the prime minister and requested that relief camps in Gujarat should not be closed now because suitable compensations and alternative arrangements for accommodation have not yet been paid and made. The delegation also regretted that no action has yet been taken against those who openly sponsored and abetted violence and carnage in Gujarat. The delegation members said that holding elections in Gujarat under the present circumstances is highly condemnable and such attempts should be foiled at all cost.
The chairman of the Forum for Cultural Democracy B.K. Roy Barmanthy in a letter to prime minister Vajpayee and signed, inter alia, by former Union railway minister Madhu Dandavate, former MP, Surrendra Mohan, chairman of Sarva Seva Sangh, Amar Nath Bhai etc said that the whole country has heaved a sight of relief on postponement of Rath Yatra which Modi wanted to project as ‘Gaurav Yatra’ (pride march) whereas it was in fact a Yatra of national shame. A demand was also made in this letter that Narendra Modi should be dismissed immediately and like Slobodan Milosesevic, former leader of Yogoslavia, should be tried by War Crime Tribunal.
Meanwhile, three former prime ministers Messrs Chandra Shekhar, Inder Kumar Gujral and HD Devegowda in a separate letter to prime minister Vajpayee have urged him to act strongly and ban and stop VHP’s proposed annual Rath Yatra. Alternatively, if the Rath Yatra is at all to be taken out, it should be confined to temples only and in no case be allowed to pass through Muslim populated areas.
(Rashtriya Sahara, 6 July). q
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