In response to the BJP prime ministerial candidate's interview to the ANI, Rana Ayyub asks some pointed questions of the Gujarat CM in the DNA: PS, some clarifications Narendra Modiji on your latest interview:
1. About journalists: On the sedition charges [against Ashis Nandy and TOI etc]
"The Supreme Court remarked, “Gujarat is the state of Mahatma Gandhi and it’s very strange that the state government is unable to take any criticism.”
...what would be your assurance to journalists should they write against you once you became the prime minister of the country?
...A prominent news channel funded by businessmen allegedly close to you has also given an ultimatum to its news anchors. I’m assuming these owners are the types you call news traders.
2. On not being vindictive:
...many of your top officers, Kuldip Sharma, Rahul Sharma, and Rajnish Rai, have been refused promotions and have been implicated in cases just because they dared to speak against your government in Gujarat and acted on evidence that came their way.
3. On Minority Appeasement:
...Two stray thoughts that come to my mind as I hear your statement: a.) Your seniors and colleagues in the party Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Rajnath Singh have attended iftaar parties and worn skullcaps. Where they lesser Hindus?, and b.) Sikhs are not Hindus, sir, Sikhism is an altogether different faith. So, if by wearing a Muslim cap you would resort to appeasement, would it not be appeasement of the Sikhs when you wear a turban?
Read the full article at the DNA: PS, some clarifications Narendra Modiji on your latest interview