Respect clean chit to Modi, NCP says NEW DELHI: In an embarrassment to Congress, its ally Nationalist Congress Party openly disagreed with Rahul Gandhi's attack on BJP leader Narendra Modi for "abetting" the Gujarat 2002 riots, saying judicial verdicts giving Modi a clean chit must be respected. NCP leader Praful Patel unambiguously contradicted Rahul's assessment while responding to questions on the Congress vice-president's recent television interview, saying conclusions of a special investigation team and the courts on Modi should be accepted. "We are in an era when we believe the judicial system is the final recourse to getting justice on any issue or to bring finality to any controversy. If the judicial system has given any pronouncement, we ought to respect it. We will not question it further," Patel, who is minister for heavy industries, said. Patel went on say politics needed to factor in perceptions too and there was a view that Modi has not been held guilty of complicity in the Gujarat riots despite the scrutiny of court-mandated probes and this should be recognized by political parties. The direct comments of the senior NCP leader on Rahul's TV interview are being read as pre-poll tremors and unease in the ruling coalition about UPA's prospects and the leadership skills of the Congress vice-president to deal with the political challenge posed by Modi. Congress maintained a poker face on Patel's remarks, with party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala saying, "All political parties are entitled to an opinion on political issues. Praful Patel is entitled to his own opinion." He added, "Justice for crimes committed by any individual, group or party is a prerequisite for our law and Constitution. We will only request that the judicial process needs to be expedited. Anybody guilty should be punished in accordance with the law." Patel's comments are a serious point of difference with Congress and are seen as evidence of a long term ally moving to keep options open ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Interestingly, another senior UPA leader National Conference's Farooq Abdullah side-stepped questions on Modi. Patel's posture is significant as holding Modi culpable for the Gujarat riots is at the centre of Congress's opposition to the Gujarat chief minister and this stance should have been endorsed by NCP which counts on minority votes as much as its larger ally. Congress and NCP may not part ways just yet as the two run the Maharashtra government but Patel's comment has certainly stirred speculation as the party had come close to an alliance with BJP and Shiv Sena in 2004. The Maharashtra election will be held in October, not long after the formation of the new government at the Centre. Moreover, the note of uncertainty comes at a time when UPA is quite shrunk with major partners like Trinamool Congress and DMK as well as smaller outfits like MIM and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha deserting the Congress over the past year. The heavy industries minister said while "it is for each one to give his or her version in an interview, politics was based on perception of not just the politicians but the public too", suggesting that attacking Modi over the riots was not cutting much ice. "But the fact remains that if the judicial system has given certain finality to any controversy, then we should let it rest there," the NCP leader said. Abdullah, who is minister for new and renewable sources of energy, chose not want to wade into the Modi controversy. He merely remarked whether Modi wins or loses it will be the people of India who will decide who will be the prime minister. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Respect-clean-chit-to-Modi-NCP-says/articleshow/29574550.cms]Respect clean chit to Modi, NCP says - The Times of India[/url] ********************************************************* Logically, what Praful Patel is advocating appears valid. If from 2002 till date, all avenues, be they emotional, contrived, use of Central Govt machinery to unearth alleged misdemeanours, NGOs, perjury tainted activists, SIT have not been able to hold Modi personally responsible for the Gujarat riots, then it is futile to cry over spilt milk. And when the Supreme Court and the SIT has given Modi a clean chit, there can be no reason to wail, weep and breast beat, unless one feels the Judiciary is not fair and competent. If that be the line taken, then it is only God who will be able to unravel the truth. And I wonder if anyone has contact God to tell the world God's judgement. Therefore, Patel seems to be rationale over the whole issue. However, will getting a clean chit help Modi? One wonder if it will. Controversies and accusation keeps one in the limelight and on the front page of the media and during Prime Time on the national TV channels. The person gets built up and longer it is, the better. Who would have know of Modi is there was no riots and the hounding of him, reported day in and day out from 2002 to till date. He would have been just another Chief Minister and the Nehru Dynasty would still be the first choice of the people, irrespective of performance. Who would have know Kejriwal, if Anna's campaign did not get the media mileage? India know Mamata, because she is a headline grabber with her aam admni antics and her cantankerous ways allegedly done for the solidarity she shows with the aam admni. But then, how many know Manik Sarkar, the Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Tripura since March 1998 i.e. for 15 years? He is the poorest Chief Minister of India. After the death of his mother Anjali Sarkar in 2009, Sarkar inherited a small house in Agartala.. . Sarkar donates his full salary and subsidiary allowances to the party (Rs 9200) and instead the party pays him Rs 5000 as subsistence allowances. No one knows him or the work he has done in Tripura where the people have voted him in for three tenures. Why? There is no media blitz that covers him since he is in no controversies or conflicts. Therefore, the media makes or breaks a politician. Hence, if Modi goes off the media blip on Gujarat, he will have to find ways to keep the press rolling with something or the other and TV channels busy discussing him. Media is the lifeline for politicians.