New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying Supreme Court documents on the 2002 communal carnage provide "clinching" evidence of his government's "deliberate refusal" to prevent the mass violence. "In the light of these documents which have now come into the public domain thanks to the efforts of Zakia Jafri, there can be no doubt left of the direct culpability of Narendra Modi as the main accused who ignored the warnings of his own police force and presided over the violence," the party Politburo said in a statement.
"Justice demands that the SIT's final report be rejected and a fresh charge sheet filed including Narendra Modi as an accused," the CPI(M) said. "Modi must resign as his continuance in office with access to the state machinery will enable him to subvert the judicial processes which are on in the case in Gujarat," it said, adding that it was "indeed a matter of deep regret that the SIT chose to ignore such a damning indictment of the State Government and gave a clean chit to Modi raising questions about its own credibility."
It maintained that the court documents were "a shameful and horrific record of the utter contempt of the Modi Government for even the most minimum norms of governance". The documents provide "clinching evidence of the deliberate refusal of the Modi Government to act to prevent the mass violence against the minority community, in spite of repeated urgent messages and information from police in different areas," the CPI(M) said.