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Apr 14, 2013 at 05:03pm IST

No reason for Narendra Modi to apologise for 2002 riots: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh has ruled out an apology for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the 2002 Gujarat riots. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Rajnath said Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister had to apologise for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots because of the comments Rajiv Gandhi had made then.

Below is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: Both the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi have apologised for 1984. Modi hasn't even expressed regret for 2002 and when quizzed in interviews, he walks away. Should such an arrogant man be your party's candidate?

Rajnath Singh: Sonia Gandhi needed to apologise for 1984 riots because of Rajiv Gandhi's comments. All riots that have happened are unfortunate but there is no reason to express regret on it.

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