Congress used to instigate Gujarat strife, BJP taught rioters a lesson in 2002: Shah | Gujarat Election News

VADODARA/AHMEDABAD: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday said while Congress incited riots to strengthen its vote bank, the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government “taught a lesson” to those perpetrators in 2002 to bring perennial peace in Gujarat. The state has not witnessed a curfew ever since, he said addressing a public rally in Mahudha in Kheda district.
At another rally in Naroda in Ahmedabad, which witnessed one of the worst riots in 2002, Shah said, “Congress talks of peace, but it doesn’t suit them. Congress is responsible for communal riots in Gujarat. In 2002, a mischief was played but the BJP government was in place. All mischief mongers were taught a lesson and put behind bars. Gujarat has been peaceful ever since.”
At the Mahudha rally, Shah said that communal riots were rampant during the Congress rule in Gujarat (before 1995). “Congress used to incite people of different communities and castes to fight against each other. Through riots, Congress had strengthened its vote bank and did injustice to large sections of the society.”
He added that Gujarat had witnessed riots in 2002 because the perpetrators had become habitual of indulging in violence as they enjoyed the support of Congress.
“In 2002 at the time of Narendrabhai, they (Congress) tried to create mischief once again. They were taught such a lesson that from 2002 till 2022, nobody has raised their heads. Those instigating riots have left the state,” he said.
Addressing a public meeting in Jhalod, Shah said that despite provisions in the Constitution, the allocation of budget for tribals equal to their ratio in the population was done when Modi became the CM of Gujarat. He said that Congress did not bother to do this when it was in power since 1960.
Shah said the last Congress government in the state had made a budget of Rs 900 crore and this had now increased to Rs 1 lakh crore.
The Union home minister slammed Congress for creating hurdles in the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “Congress did not allow this to happen for 70 years and kept it entangled in legal matters,” he said, adding that the ‘bhoomi poojan’ for the temple was done only after Modi came to power.
Taking a dig Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Shah said when a vaccine was developed in the country, Gandhi criticised it saying it was a Modi vaccine. “Eventually, he too took the vaccine in the darkness of the night to protect himself from coronavirus,” Shah said. He added that the poor were given free grains during Covid, but if Congress had been in power, the grains would have gone to MP or Rajasthan. The two states share borders with Dahod.
Amit Shah took another jibe at Gandhi saying that in 2014 Gandhi used to criticise BJP saying that it did not tell when the temple will be made. “On January 1, 2024, a grand temple will be ready there (in Ayodhya),” Union home minister said.

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