Ahead of next month’s Gujarat assembly elections, there is a heat wave in Gujarat due to the extensive campaigns by political parties such as Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and Congress.
In the midst of all this, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the BJP is ruling in Gujarat for 27 years and successfully established ‘permanent peace in the state. He was attacking the opposition party, Congress, for creating a ruckus in the state. Following this, opposition leaders have attacked Amit Shah over his statements and linked their responses with the recent release of convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.
“The party used to incite people of different communities and castes to fight against each other. Through such riots, Congress had strengthened its vote bank and did injustice to a large section of the society,” he said. “We taught them (the Congress) a lesson for their misdeeds in the 2002 elections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Gujarat has seen no curfews or communal riots between 2002 and 2022, and the people here live in permanent peace and prosperity.”
Post this, AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a public gathering at Ahmedabad attacked Shah by linking the statements with the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. “In his speech, he said several times that whatever lessons were taught in 2002 have helped establish peace in the state. I would like to tell the MP of this area, and the Union Home Minister that the lesson you taught was – ‘you will release those who raped Bilkis’” he said. “Justice is served only when the weak get justice. Remember the seat of power is snatched from all. Drunk with power, the Union Home Minister is saying they taught a lesson…Amit Shah sahab, what lesson did you teach that communal riots took place in Delhi?” Owaisi added.
Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) slammed Shah by questioning the decision of releasing the convicts of the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. “Releasing the rape convicts of Bilkis Bano was a part of the ‘teach them a lesson agenda? (sic)” she tweeted.
“They Were Taught Lesson In 2002, Permanent Peace In Gujarat’: Amit Shah. This is the Home Minister of India. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten his not-so- little hand. (sic),” tweeted Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra echoing other opposition leaders.