07 May, 2021

The Plot Thickens

Modi jettisons one minister he lost faith in but how many more can he sacrifice?

Pragnesh Vyas
The Plot Thickens

Narendra Modi may now wish that on the night of February 27 he had just watched television and gone to sleep. All along, he had thought that only one minister from his cabinet had told the Concerned Citizens Tribunal, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, Justice Krishna Iyer, about a meeting late that night. This was following an Outlook story on how a senior minister from Modi's own cabinet had revealed to the tribunal that on the very night of the Godhra tragedy, just hours before VHP-called bandh was to begin, the Gujarat chief minister had gathered his top men—including Ahmedabad's then police commissioner P.C. Pande and the state's dgp K. Chakravarthy—and instructed them not to interfere with the "spontaneous" Hindu reaction to Godhra that would soon unfold.

Modi's pet theory was that the man who went to the tribunal was his then revenue minister Haren Pandya. He even asked his intelligence officials to get proof to nail Pandya. But the...

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