Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that anti-social elements had earlier indulged in violence in Gujarat because the Congress supported them, but after “teaching a lesson” to criminals in 2002, they stopped such activities and formed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “Permanent peace” in the kingdom.
Parts of Gujarat witnessed large-scale violence in 2002 following the train burning incident at Godhra railway station in February of that year.
Addressing a rally in Mahudha town of Kheda district in support of BJP candidates ahead of next month’s assembly elections, Mr Shah alleged, “During the Congress rule (before 1995) in Gujarat, communal riots were rampant. The Congress used to incite different people. Communities and castes to fight against each other.” With such riots, the Congress strengthened its vote bank and did injustice to a large section of the society.” Mr Shah claimed that Gujarat saw riots in 2002 because criminals had become accustomed to indulging in violence due to prolonged support from the Congress.
“But after teaching them a lesson in 2002, these elements gave up that path (of violence). They refrained from indulging in violence from 2002 to 2022. BJP has established lasting peace in Gujarat with strict action against those involved. Communal violence, ” said the Union Minister.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Shah alleged that the Congress was against it because of its “vote bank”.
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