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Vajpayee favourite forced to quit for remarks on Modi

In a major embarrassment to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prominent minority face Aamir Raza Husain quit as Delhi BJP vice president on Tuesday evening claiming that the Gujarat leader was responsible for the massacre of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots.

Husain, a famous theatre personality, was a favourite of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose government had accorded him with Padma Shri in 2001.

Husain at a live debate on an English news channel on Monday night held Modi responsible for 'slaughter' of innocent Muslims during Gujarat riots. 'He used the language of the Congress party and even went on to say Narendra Modi is not fit for the post of Prime Minster. Our national president Rajnath Singh has already declared that only parliamentary board will take a decision on this and nobody should make comments on the matter’ said a senior leader of the party. Husain had joined the party around two months back and was made vice president of Delhi BJP on 14 May.

In his resignation letter sent on Tuesday evening Husain has stated, 'Being on such an important post I should not have made such a comment which would hurt any senior leader of the party. It was not intended to hurt anybody.' He further extended his good wishes for the party. Husain is considered close to Goel who brought him to the party to woo Muslim voters in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. Husain's exit has also revealed infighting within the party as senior party leaders have questioned the appointment of Husain to the post of vice president by overlooking the norms.
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