The PMO has no record of Modi's claim of being jailed

It was investigated by the Prime Minister's Office for 18 months Modi's visit met with widespread protests in Bangladesh Modi's visit to Bangladesh was to join the celebration of the independence and independence of Bangladesh

The PMO has no record of Modi's claim of being jailed

Editor- Dilip Patel From Gujarat 

The PMO has no record of Modi's claim of being jailed for the Satyagraha for Bangladesh's independence. Jayesh Gurnani filed a Right to Information (RTI) application in the PMO on March 27, 2021. It was investigated by the Prime Minister's Office for 18 months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had claimed during his visit to Dhaka last year that he participated in a satyagraha in India to separate Bangladesh from Pakistan. At the age of 20-22, I did a Satyagraha for the independence of Bangladesh. After this claim, there was a lot of ruckuses in the world.

Following this discussion, an RTI was filed from the Prime Minister's Office seeking details of his arrest, stay in jail and release. To which the PMO has replied that the PMO has no record of Modi's claim of going to jail for the Satyagraha for Bangladesh's independence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the booklet at the National Martyrs Memorial in Savar, on the occasion of the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh, in Dhaka on Friday, March 26, 2021. The Prime Minister attended the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of neighboring country Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka.

During his visit to Dhaka on Bangladesh's 50th independence anniversary last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that he had participated in a 'satyagraha' in support of Bangladesh's freedom struggle and was jailed for it.

Modi's visit to Bangladesh was to join the celebration of the independence and independence of Bangladesh. India played an important and direct role in the independence of Bangladesh.

What was Modi's claim?

Criticizing Pakistan and its army for the genocide in East Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he too was in jail for participating in the 'Satyagraha' in India for the liberation of Bangladesh.

Modi's visit met with widespread protests in Bangladesh. There were protests in Bangladesh for the alleged persecution of Muslims in India. Four people were killed in police crackdown on activists protesting hardline Hefazat-e-Islam.

Modi recalled the role of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the bravery and sacrifice of Indian Army soldiers who helped Bangladeshi freedom fighters to end Pakistan's oppressive rule in East Pakistan and give birth to a new nation.

In 1971, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also thanked Indian Army soldiers for training the Liberation Army and fighting with them against the Pakistani Army.

"My brothers and sisters of Bangladesh, I want to say something to the youth of this country and remind them with great pride," Modi said. My participation in the struggle for the liberation of Bangladesh was one of the first movements of my life. I was 20 or 22 then. I attended with a few others. Arrests in Satyagraha were widespread for Bangladesh. I was sent to jail.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed Air India's new VVIP aircraft after landing at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Modi visited the National Martyrs Memorial in Dhaka to pay homage to the 'liberators' who were martyred. Then he talked about going to jail. But as it is now official that there is no such record, there has been dismay among Modi's fans.

Modi said the people of India are as eager for the liberation of Bangladesh as the people of East Pakistan. The pictures of the horrific crimes and atrocities committed by the Pakistani army in Bangladesh were so disturbing that I could not sleep for several nights.

The Government of India had decided to posthumously confer the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Prime Minister formally presented the award to Bangabandhu's daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana in Dhaka. It provided 1.2 million doses of "Made-in-India COVID-19 Vaccine" for Bangladesh.

After reaching Dhaka, Modi visited the National Martyrs Memorial, Bangladesh's National Memorial at Savar, about 35 km northwest of Dhaka, to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the people of Bangladesh in 1971.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a guard of honor in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 26, 2021. Bangladeshi jawans must now be ashamed after the official reply of going to jail and participating in the satyagraha.

PM Modi's statement was that, I must have been 20-22 years old when I had done Satyagraha along with many of my colleagues in support of Bangladesh's freedom struggle. I supported the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. Arrested and sent to jail.

But there is no such record anywhere in the country. Not even in Gujarat, because if it was, its record would have been declared. People of Gujarat are now feeling ashamed.

This claim had sparked debate even then. The veracity of Modi's statement was questioned. Many of Modi's claims have surfaced in the past, including his educational qualifications and his past as a tea vendor. Earlier, he had also given wrong details in the application of the Election Commission. He had rubbished the historical claims. Also, the success of the 2016 demonetisation policy, the fight against Kovid-19, the decisions and claims regarding the PM-Cares fund are still under question.

Published in The Wire on March 27, 2021 In an article, Shuddhabrata Sengupta wrote that from August 1-11, 1971, Jana Sangh started a movement against the recognition of Bangladesh Satyagraha in Delhi.

Vajpayee had addressed a huge rally in Delhi on 12 August 1971. This is the 'Satyagraha' in which Narendra Modi claims to have participated. He also talked about this in his last visit to Bangladesh. When he received Bangladesh's highest civilian honour from the ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Jan Sangh Satyagraha of August 1971 has also been mentioned for this award.

Even in Modi's 1978 book Sangharsh Gujarat, there is no mention of him conducting satyagraha for Bangladesh or going to jail. There is no such mention in any Gujarati language book of Modi. Only the author has written a bio note in a book which mentions that he had gone to Tihar Jail to participate in the Bangladesh Satyagraha. But there is nothing like this in the books of Modi's life.

Jayesh Gurnani filed a Right to Information (RTI) application in the PMO on March 27, 2021. It was investigated by the Prime Minister's Office for 18 months.

Gurnani sought information on five specific issues. Attested copies of the documents of Modi's arrest were sought. A copy of the FIR lodged in the police station where the arrest was made was also sought as evidence. Any other relevant documents sought on demonstrations or arrests. Those who have been kept in jail had asked for jail documents. But nothing was found.

With regard to the RTI details, the Prime Minister's Office had no details of Modi's arrest, imprisonment and release. Not being satisfied with the reply, the petitioner first appealed to the Director, Prime Minister's Office, which is the competent authority.

After the appeal, the PMO replied in June, 2021 that no further action is required to be taken on your appeal. Having said this, the appeal was disposed of. Earlier 30 days reply was not given.

Gurnani then appealed to the Information Commission, which heard the matter through video conferencing on 18 August 2022. Inability to provide information.