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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 01, 2013
BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday sought to defend chief minister Narendra Modi in the context of the Gujarat riots of 2002. Terming the riots unfortunate, he said it was unfair to blame Modi and added that it was the Congress and some other parties that were seeking to divide the country on religious lines, employing the British divide and rule policy.

“One of our states is Gujarat. I agree an unfortunate incident took place. Who does not agree that it was unfortunate? Attempts were made to blame Narendra Modi as if the riots were planned by the chief minister,” he said at a BJP’s minority morcha (front) national executive meet here.

Singh said Muslims in states should be asked if they faced any discrimination under BJP rule.

Accusing the Congress of following the British divide and rule policy, Singh said: “Whether Congress adopted any other policy of the British or not, they at least adopted their divide and rule policy...Congress and some other political parties have tried to sow the seeds of division in the country.”

He admitted that members of the minority community working for BJP find it difficult to propagate the party’s policies among people due to the perception that the party was against the minorities.

“The perception is away from the reality. We do not indulge in such politics,” he claimed. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also hit out at the Congress.

Video: Wrong to blame Modi for Gujarat riots, says Rajnath Singh