Addressing a rally in Mahudha town of Kheda district recently, Shah had said: “Earlier, riots used to happen during the days of Congress, but 2002 (during CM Narendra Modi government) was the last year when some anti-social elements tried to incite riots and they were ‘taught a lesson’ and thrown out of Gujarat.”
Gujarat had witnessed large-scale violence in 2002 following train burning incident at Godhra railway station. Around 58 people lost their lives when some coaches of Sabarmati Express were torched at the Godhra Railway Station in Gujarat on February 27, 2002. The incident had triggered large-scale riots in Gujarat.
Shah added that the BJP had established “permanent peace” in the state by taking strict action against those who used to indulge in communal violence
Slamming the comments, the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief said the only lesson the party imparted was that “Bilkis’ rapists will be freed”.
.@AmitShah aapne kaunsa sabaq sikhaya? – Barrister @asadowaisi https://t.co/aAuEIhukTm
— AIMIM (@aimim_national) 1669444159000
Sharing a clip from campaigning for the AIMIM’s Vejalpur candidate in Muslim-dominated Juhapura, Owaisi tweeted: “What lesson did Amit Shah teach in 2002? Lessons from Naroda Patiya? Lessons from Gulbarga? Best bakery lesson? Lessons from Bilkis Bano?”
“Remember the seat of power is snatched from all … …it will not stay with anyone forever. Drunk with power, India’s home minister is saying they taught a lesson … What lesson did you teach that brought disrepute to the entire country? Amit Shah, what kind of lesson did you teach that caused riots in Delhi?” asked the Hyderabad MP.
He further said that the BJP was trying to create an “anti-Muslim narrative” during the campaign by raising issues such as the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and Mehrauli murder case, referring to the brutal killing of Shraddha Walker. “They are raising such issues to create a communal narrative. The BJP is trying to bring in Uniform Civil Code for Muslims, and for Hindus it will be the Hindu Code. They are trying to divide the people,” said Owaisi.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 1 and 5 and the counting of votes will take place on December 8.
(With inputs from agencies)