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'Forget and ignore', Rajnath Singh tells Muslims
Should we forget all incidents during the rule of Congress, NDA, and Janata Dal? This is the question which strikes one's mind after hearing the statement of the BJP chief Rajnath Singh, who asked Muslims to forget and ignore the Gujarat riots of 2002.

Does this mean that the people in this country should forget the role of the Congress in Emergency and terrorism in Punjab, BJP's role in the demolition of Babri Masjid, 2002 Godhra riots; and the economic crisis country faced in other governments.

The statement of Singh has not come from the core of his heart but just to defend Narendra Modi who was put to a litmus test by the withdrawal of support by JD(U) to NDA. Modi’s supporters even go to the extent of vouching for him as the best PM candidate. Some seem to get livid at those who dare to even mention his name along with the Gujarat riots.

Singh’s statement to forget or ignore Gujarat riots of 2002 while appealing the Muslims is likely to land him in controversy. He has tried to pacify the Muslim community by saying that there is no difference in our words and deeds. British ruled India with ‘divide and rule’ policy but nearly after 66 years of independence, governments could not bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims.

Singh told the gathering at a function in Jaipur:“There may have been some incidents but can we not forget or ignore them now? Incidents have been happening and 13,0000 communal riots took place in the country before 2002. Rajasthan has seen the regime of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Vasundhara Raja but here had been no discrimination against minorities."

He also stressed in his statement with reference to Muslims that the BJP was trying to touch "your hearts by love and affection and not by sense of fear. We want to build confidence among you." However, before Rajnath Singh left the function, Rajasthan Minority Commission chairman Mahiar Azad asked him: “why discrimination against Muslims prevailed in Gujarat" which did not find a response from him.

Later, the BJP minority cell’s chief Amin Pathan countered Azad’s allegations, but he had to face resistance and the microphone was snatched from him.

In fact, the withdrawal of Nitish Kumar from NDA in Bihar and him getting a vote of confidence has given a big blow to the BJP, especially when the Lok Sabha elections are due. This has compelled the BJP to introspect and come out with a solution and perhaps this is first statement after the break-up in alliance.

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