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Nobody will stay in power forever: Owaisi slams Amit Shah over ’taught lesson in 2002′ remark

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All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at Union Home Minister Amit Shah over his remarks apparently justifying Gujarat Muslim genocide, saying nobody stays in power forever.

Owaisi also accused Shah of being intoxicated with power.

Addressing a poll rally in Gujarat on Friday, Shah had said that anti-social elements stopped indulging in violence after they were “taught a lesson” in 2002 and that the BJP established “permanent peace” in the state. 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.

Owaisi, who was speaking at a rally in Muslim-dominated Juhapura area in Ahmedabad on Friday evening, hours after Shah’s remarks, said the lessons that the BJP leader taught was that “rapists of Bilkis Bano will be freed.”

He said: “Amit Shah today gave a statement during a public rally that they taught a lesson to the rioters of Gujarat in 2002 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) established permanent peace in the state. I want to tell the MP of this (Ahmedabad) constituency, Amit Shah, that the lesson you taught in 2002 was that Bilkis’ rapists will be freed by you. The lesson you taught was that you will free the murderers of Bilkis’ three-year-old daughter. You also taught us that Ahsan Jafri can be killed.”

“How many of your lessons should we remember, Mr Amit Shah? But remember, teaching lessons is nothing, peace is strengthened when the wronged are given justice,” he added.

He went on to say: ””Power will never be with any one person. One day, power will be snatched from everyone. Drunk on power, the Home Minister is today saying that we taught a lesson. What lesson did you teach? You became notorious in the entire country. What lesson did you teach that there were communal riots in Delhi?”

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