New Delhi, July 28: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday expelled its spokesperson Shahid Siddique who had interviewed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his weekly Urdu newspaper.
"Siddique does not belong to Samajwadi Party," top party leader Shivpal Yadav said.
During the interview with Siddiqui, Modi had refused to apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots. "Hang me if I am guilty," he had said.
In a sign of changing perception on Modi, Siddiqui wrote candidly that his decision to interview Modi came after a lunch meeting in Mumbai with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and celebrated script writer Salim Khan.
Talking about the interview, Siddiqui said, "This interview is a coincidence. I went to Mumbai and was talking with Mahesh Bhatt and Salim Khan. We were discussing politics. We were discussing Modi and Gujarat. They said that Modi does not make it clear about what kind of politics he is entering. A friend of ours approached him for an interview. After some days he accepted my proposal to be interviewed by me."
Modi's interview to the Urdu weekly is seen as an attempt to reach out to the Muslim community who hold the Gujarat chief minister responsible the riots.