Owaisi reacts to Amit Shah’s remark on Gujarat riots

26 November, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Owaisi reacts to Amit Shahs remark on Gujarat riots Political

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi responded to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's comments that the BJP taught rioters a lesson in 2002.

While campaigning in Gujarat’s Juhapura for the upcoming Assembly elections, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi launched a scathing attack on Union Home Minister Amit Shah after the latter said that rioters in Gujarat were taught a lesson by the BJP in 2002.

“I want to tell Union home minister, the lesson you taught in 2002 was that Bilkis Bano’s rapists will be freed by you, you’ll free the murderers of Bilkis’ 3-year-old daughter, Ahsan Jafri will be killed…which lessons of yours will we remember?,” Owaisi said to a crowd.

“According to the Home Minister, they taught a lesson. What lesson did the Delhi communal riots teach you, Amit Shah sahab? “He continued.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday while campaigning for Gujarat Assembly elections that the BJP taught rioters in the state such a lesson in 2002 that they have not dared to raise their heads since, adding that his party brought “permanent peace” to the state.

Following the train burning incident at Godhra railway station in February 2002, parts of Gujarat experienced widespread violence.

Amit Shah claimed, while speaking at a rally in Mahudha town of Kheda district in support of BJP candidates ahead of the Assembly elections next month, “Communal riots were common in Gujarat before 1995, when the Congress was in power. Congress used to incite people from various communities and castes to fight one another. Through such riots, Congress increased its vote bank while inflicting injustice on a large segment of society.”

Shah claimed that riots occurred in Gujarat in 2002 because perpetrators became accustomed to engaging in violence as a result of the Congress’s continued support.

“However, after being taught a lesson in 2002, these elements abandoned that path (of violence). From 2002 to 2022, they abstained from using violence. By taking strict action against those who used to engage in communal violence, the BJP has established permanent peace in Gujarat “According to the Union minister.