Nanavati report aimed at giving poll mileage to BJP: CongressSeptember 25th, 2008 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The first part of the Nanavati Commission report, concluding that the Godhra train fire tragedy of 2002 was pre-planned, was tabled in the Gujarat assembly Thursday only to “give political mileage” to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress said Thursday.“It is very unfortunate. The partial report of the panel was tabled just to give political mileage to the BJP before the national elections. The first part of the report is confined to the Godhra incident and not what happened afterwards. We have to wait for the full part,” Congress general secretary in charge of party affairs in Gujarat B.K. Hariprasad told IANS.
The first part of the panel’s report, tabled in the state assembly Thursday, has virtually given a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was no evidence to incriminate him or any member of his cabinet.
The panel will later submit the second and concluding part of its report, focusing on the communal violence after the Godhra tragedy.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he was not surprised with the findings of the commission and that the investigation was not bona fide.
“We are not surprised at all with the findings. It cannot be called a bona fide investigation. The way the committee was set up, its tenure was extended… a large numbers of witnesses who deposed expressed their disappointment…It creates ample doubts on its findings,” said Shingvi.
Fifty-nine people, including 25 women and 15 children, were burnt alive in the S-6 coach when a violent mob set ablaze two coaches of the Sabarmati Express at the Godhra railway station on Feb 27, 2002. Many of them were Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists returning after a campaign in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.