'BJP not to make Godhra an election issue'

  • Press Trust of India, PTI, Bhiwani (Haryana)
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  • Updated: Dec 01, 2002 16:05 IST
BJP will not make Godhra an election issue in Gujarat if Congress refrains from raking it up, Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has said.

"BJP will not make Godhra an election issue in the forthcoming assembly polls in Gujarat as long as Congress refrains from doing the same," he told reporters here yesterday.

Referring to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray statement that Hindu suicide squads should be formed, Hussain said "there is no need for it as the country has enough security forces to protect and safeguard the lives of citizens".

Earlier addressing a college annual day function, he asked the youth to play a positive roll in the development of the country and rise above caste and communal considerations which divide the society.

The minister said the fate of country lies on the shoulders of youth. "They should come forward to take up the responsibilities with zeal and determination."


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