Last updated: Nov 26, 2022, 8:05 AM IST
Responding to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s comment that the BJP in Gujarat “taught rioters a lesson” in 2002, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Friday that the actual lesson learned by the Saffron Party is that the perpetrators of the Bilkis Bano rape case “will be released”. .”
“I want to tell the Union Home Secretary that the lesson you learned in 2002 was that the rapists of Bilkis will be released by you, you will free the murderers of Bilkis’ 3-year-old daughter, Ahsan Jafri will be murdered… what lessons of yours shall we remember?” he said.
Speaking at a campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat in Ahmedabad, Owaisi also accused Shah of being drunk on power and pointed to a number of cases where “injustice” prevailed over “lessons”.
Owaisi wondered what lesson the BJP learned when the 2020 Delhi municipal riots occurred.
This comes after Shah said that “anti-social” elements previously surrendered to the state during Congress rule, but that the BJP “learned a lesson” in 2002 and therefore brought about “permanent peace”.
Speaking at a rally in Mahudha town of Kheda district, Shah said that “during the Congress regime in Gujarat (before 1995) there was rampant communal rioting. The Congress pushed people of different communities and castes to fight against each other. By such riots, Congress had strengthened its vote bank and wronged much of society.”
He was referring to the 2002 Gujarat municipal riots in which the state saw widespread violence following the train fire at Godhra railway station in February of that year.
The crucial elections in the state will be held on December 1 and 5. The results are expected on December 8.
With input from agencies
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