Former BJP leader and member of Vajpayee cabinet, Yashwant Sinha claimed that it was the then Home Minister LK Advani saved Narendra Modi to be dimissed as Chief Minister of Gujarat, by threatening to resign from the cabinet after the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was set to dismiss Narendra Modi, after the 2002 post-Godhra riots..
“After the communal riots in Gujarat, Vajpayee had decided that then state chief minister Narendra Modi should resign. “While going to the national executive committee meeting in Goa in 2002, Atal ji had made up his mind that the Gujarat government would be dismissed if Modi ji refused to resign,” he claimed.
“There was a meeting within the party. According to my information, Advani ji had opposed this (dismissing the Modi government) and he told Atal ji that if Modi ji is dismissed then he (Advani) would resign from the government. So, he (Vajpayee) withheld the decision and Modi ji continued,” Sinha added.
Referring to Modi’s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat as a “personal taxi”, Sinha said these are non-issues and that former naval officers had already issued clarifications on it. “It is not as per the dignity of a prime minister to speak lies like this,” Sinha said, adding the Lok Sabha polls were being fought on the Modi government’s performance and not on the country’s history.
Sinha, former external affairs minister hit out at Modi for raising the issue of Pakistan in the general elections. “It is unfortunate that the issue of Pakistan is being raised in the elections. He hyphenated our country with Pakistan. Are we a country of Pakistan’s category? There is no talk about China, which must be feeling happy with the Pakistan rhetoric,” he added.