In a veiled reference to the 2002 post-Godhra riots,BJP president Rajnath Singh Saturday appealed to the Muslim community to ignore it.
There may have been some incidents but can we not ignore them now? Incidents have been happening and 13,000 communal riots took place in the country before 2002. Rajasthan has seen the regime of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Vasundhara Raje but there had been no discrimination against minorities, he said at a function organised by a TV channel.
I want to build confidence among you (Muslims) that there is no difference in our words and deeds. British ruled with divide and rule policy,but after 66 years of independence governments could not bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims, he said at a seminar on issues before minorities organised by ETV.
Singh asked people to approach him if there was any case of discrimination against the community in the BJP-ruled states. If you find any discrimination with the community in any of the BJP-ruled states,come to me with your complaint or write to me; I will reply and try to solve the problem, he said.
He also said that the party was not doing politics to gain power. We are trying to touch your hearts by love and affection and not by sense of fear, he said.
As Singh was leaving,Rajasthan Minority Commission chairman Mahir Azad asked him to explain why discrimination against Muslims prevailed in Gujarat. Singh did not react and left the venue.