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Did riots not take place during Congress rule? Rajnath to Muslims

BJP chief reaches out to Muslims, says his party is being defamed and maligned over the Gujarat riots
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First Published: Sat, Feb 02 2013. 06 08 PM IST
Muslim supporters felicitate BJP chief Rajnath Singh at a function in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Muslim supporters felicitate BJP chief Rajnath Singh at a function in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Updated: Sat, Feb 02 2013. 08 12 PM IST
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Saturday reached out to the Muslim community saying his party is being defamed and maligned continuously over Gujarat riots under a “planned conspiracy”.
He said BJP did not believe in politics of divide and difference, and appealed the Muslim community to help in removing the “widespread confusion”.
“BJP is defamed and maligned continuously under a planned conspiracy. You all have seen our government in the centre when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Who can say that we did politics by creating differences between humans?,” he told a group of Muslim leaders who met him at the party office.
“Our opposition parties allege BJP is the party which creates enmity (nafrat) between Hindus and Muslims...I want to make an appeal to you people. If anyone can remove this widespread confusion, only you people can do this and this beginning should be made from Delhi,” he said.
Stressing that BJP’s ideology did not believe in dividing people, he said, “Our ideology and our political thought wants to give only this message that we don’t want to create enmity between humans and we don’t want to make our government by creating divide.”
“If we want to make a government, then we want to base it on the politics of humanity and justice,” Singh said.
He also alleged that many more riots have taken place in the country during Congress regimes. “Did riots not take place during Congress rule? I can say with confidence that during Congress rule, many more riots took place...We have our government in several of the states...if a riot takes place anywhere, then it should not be assumed that BJP instigated the riot,” Singh said.
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First Published: Sat, Feb 02 2013. 06 08 PM IST
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