All festivals in the last decade have passed off peacefully without a single incident of communal violence in the state, Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday said.
"Those who know Gujarat well say that whenever any religious festival took place in the past there would be talk of violent disturbances and Lord Jagannath's rath yatra was one such event," he said in his blog.
"If you look at the history of rath yatra there were at least three to four communal violence incidents occurring every decade (except 2001-2010) at different places of the state," he said.
"If we look 2001-10, not only rath yatra but all other festivals have been celebrated peacefully without a single instance of communal violence in the entire state of Gujarat," said Modi.
In 2002, over 1,000 people had died in the communal violence in Gujarat for which Modi received severe flak for the manner in which he handled the situation then, but the rathyatra had passed off peacefully.
"The 2010 Lord Jagannath rath Yatra has become the cynosure of all eyes for its religious amity and gaiety. It was simply not about the peace that had prevailed, it was more due to an air of festivity and joy among all religious sections of the people indicating that Gujarat has indeed been moving onto the path of peaceful development," Modi said.