Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui landed in trouble for interviewing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. SP has disowned him for marching in the forbidden territory.

The party probably has taken this decision as the interview fuelled speculation that Modi was no longer a political untouchable to the Samajwadi Party and that the two parties were getting closer.

Samajwadi Party national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, however, denied the party was sacking Siddiqui.

Refuting the rumours, Yadav said, "The party wants to clarify that Siddiqui had left SP long back and joined BSP on whose ticket he contested Lok Sabha election from Bijnor".

He added that Siddiqui may be willing to join Modi that’s why he took his interview.

"Siddiqui is not a SP member and has nothing to do with the party," Yadav said, asking the media not to project him as SP leader. Yadav said terming Siddiqui as a SP leader was "outrightly wrong".
    
Siddiqui, who is the editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, had recently interviewed Modi in which the Gujarat Chief Minister had refused to apologise for the post-Godhra riots and instead said he would prefer to be hanged if found guilty.
    
In an image makeover exercise, Modi had said in the interview, "If my government had done this (post-Godhra riots), I should be hanged in public in such a way that it remains a lesson for the next 100 years so that nobody dares to do it (such a crime)".
    
Siddqiqui was a SP MP before he joined the RLD only to rejoin the Samajwadi Party in January this year.

It may be noted that Siddiqui, the editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, was one of the most visible faces of the Samajwadi Party.

(Agencies)

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Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui lands in trouble for interviewing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. SP has disowned him for marching in the forbidden territory.Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui lands in trouble for interviewing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. SP has disowned him for marching in the forbidden territory.Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui lands in trouble for interviewing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. SP has disowned him for marching in the forbidden territory.