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"Modi never expressed any remorse upon anti-Muslim Gujarat pogrom"

London (22 November 2012): Maulana Essa Mansoori, the man who created the bitter controversy by accompanying Muslim businessman Zafar Sareshwala to see Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi during his UK visit in 2003, denies that Modi ever expressed any remorse on Gujarat massacre.

Earlier this month in an interview to Muslim news portal TwoCircles.net, Zafar Sareshwala took everyone by surprise by claiming that in his meeting with him and Maulana Mansoori, Naredra Modi had expressed regrets on and had called 2002 anti-Muslim pogroms, “a blot on my term.”

Now in an interview that can be watched on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Fyx-tNj4o

 

Maulana recalls Modi as saying, “Whatever has happened has happened; now focus should be on peace, tranquillity and development...I told him, ‘Justice is the priority before peace and development... Justice is not being done in Gujarat.’ 

“Then he [Modi] said, ‘Both communities have suffered’. I told him, ‘You are wrong. National print and electronic media has been reporting that 99/% loss has been suffered by the Muslims. Your police, your ministers and your party are accomplices in it.’”  Maulana goes on, “He kept on repeating his arguments and we kept on asserting our point of view. I met Modi first time, and that was the last also, in London, after which I have never felt like contacting him again and nor have I ever praised him.”

Did Modi express any remorse? According to Maulana, “He did say, ‘both sides have suffered losses; there have been some mistakes that we would try to mend.’ But he did not express any remorse.”

Regarding his relationship with Zafar Sareshwala, Maulana says, “He came to the UK with references from buzurgs [elders/pious people] like Maulana Ali Mian, Maulana Salman Al- Husaini, Maulana Sajjad Naumani and other personalities. He came and stayed with us. Then he started his business. He made various people invest in his company. He borrowed some money from me too. This was not an investment. I loaned it to him. After that how everybody’s money got lost and Zafar went back [to Gujarat] is known to everyone. Neither I have anything to do with his contacts with Modi nor do I have any interest in his pro-Modi statements or his activities in Gujarat; and nor has he ever consulted me in this regard. However, he keeps on telling stories like the Tableeghi Jama’at was not being allowed by the Gujarat police to hold meetings in this or that district and that through Modi he got them permission and also that some people belonging to Tableeghi Jama’at  who were detained on false charges, he got them released. In any case whatever he is doing Zafar is himself responsible and I have nothing to do with that whatsoever.”

What did he achieve after meeting Modi? Maulana says that he had no vested interests or long term plans and at that time giving vent to his anger and getting relief to the victims of the violence was the only priority in which he claims to have succeeded.

Would Maulana want to meet Modi again if he got an invitation from him? “No, I don’t want to see him again.” Says Maulana, “At that time I was angry and felt like blurting out whatever came to my mind.”

Coinciding with Maulana Mansoori’s statement, Chairman of Council of Indian Muslims Munaf Zeena has also refuted Zafar Sareshwala’s claims that he had organised protests against Modi and Advani in London as “Baseless”. “He did attend one or two meetings organised by the CIM and Awaz once or twice but as far as protests are concerned, he is simply trying to fool the Muslims. He did not attend a single protest let alone organising one. He is an opportunist and is therefore trying to hide his opportunism and projecting himself as a sincere community leader serving community interests.” Zeena said.

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