Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that the rioters in Gujarat were taught such a lesson by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2002 that they have not dared to raise their heads till now. He said it as he campaigned for his party in the state, adding that his party brought “permanent peace” to the state.
“Communal riots were rampant in Gujarat when the Congress was in power. Tell me out loud whether it used to happen or not? Once in 2002, Narendra Modi made an effort and taught such a lesson (to the rioters) that no one has dared to raise their heads till now. The rioters went out of Gujarat. BJP has established peace in Gujarat,” Amit Shah said.
Over 1,000 people were killed in the three-day violence in Gujarat in 2002 and the state police faced grave charges of not doing enough to stop the violence that began after a train coach carrying pilgrims was burnt in Godhra, killing 59 people, as per the report by NDTV.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been cleared of any wrongdoing by investigations into the Gujarat violence. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against his exoneration in one of the cases linked to the killings.
Amit Shah is one of the BJP’s top campaigners for the elections in the state, set to be held on 1 and 5 December. Results are expected on 8 December.
The BJP has pulled out all stops to maintain its hold on PM Modi’s home state, which it has ruled since 1998, as it faces a stiff challenge from Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, reads the report.