Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday brought up Gujarat Muslim genocide in 2002 to tell “anti-social elements” backed by Congress were “taught a lesson” in 2002 and they stopped such activities and the Bharatiya Janata Party established “permanent peace” in the state.
Shah was addressing a rally in Mahudha town of Kheda district in support of BJP candidates ahead of the Assembly elections.
In an apparent remark against Muslims, Shah claimed that Gujarat witnessed “riots” in 2002 because perpetrators became habitual of indulging in violence due to the prolonged support they received from the Congress.
More than 2000 Muslims were killed in the large-scale violence that erupted in Gujarat following the train buring incident near Godhra railway station in February 2002.
Shah was the Home Minister of the state under the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“During the Congress rule in Gujarat (before 1995), communal riots were rampant. Congress used to incite people of different communities and castes to fight against each other. Through such riots, Congress had strengthened its vote bank and did injustice to a large section of the society.” Shah claimed, reports PTI.
“But after they were taught a lesson in 2002, these elements left that path (of violence). They refrained from indulging in violence from 2002 till 2022.”
Amit Shah also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and alleged that the Congress was against it because of its “vote bank”.