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Muslims unrepentant: Vajpayee

"Why didn't many people of Muslim community condemn the Godhra incident?" asked Vajpayee.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2002 14:25 IST

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday asked the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat to ensure the safety of the lives, properties and dignity of all the people but said the Muslims were still not "repentant" for the Godhra carnage and their lack of unequivocal condemnation of the incident.

Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting, he said now that the responsibility of the governance was with BJP both in the state and in the Centre, it had to carry along all including those who opposed it in the assembly polls.

"Why didn't many people of Muslim community condemn the Godhra incident? Even today, there is no repentance....That we committed a mistake or that this should not have happened and that it was a crime," Vajpayee said.

"But we have to live together. Now, we have to take the responsibility to keep everyone together. We have got majority and we are in power (in Gujarat). We are also in power at the Centre. We have to protect the life, property and dignity of all and build a nation without any discrimination," he said.

Vajpayeeadvised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to make a new beginning by carrying along even all those who opposed BJP.

He said Gujarat election results showed that people do not want Congress but asked the partymen not to be overconfident and work towards the party's success in the coming assembly polls in ten states.

First Published: Dec 18, 2002 00:00 IST