Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra in Sanand, Gujarat, on Saturday, commending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and highlighting the state’s impressive record of no communal riots since 2002.
Shah said that under Modi’s guidance, India’s economy has significantly improved, and industrial development has reached higher levels during the Prime Minister’s tenure.
“In 2002, there were riots, and thereafter Modi saheb taught a lesson to not repeat the act. Have there been riots thereafter? The rioters were taught such a lesson in 2002 that to date no one dares to cause riots in Gujarat,” Shah stated during the event held at the Sanand gram panchayat.
The Union Home Minister lauded Modi’s role in quelling the riots in Gujarat in 2002 when he served as the Chief Minister, saying that the lesson taught by the Prime Minister at that time has deterred people from attempting to incite riots in the state for the past 21 years.
The 2002 Gujarat riots took place in the Indian state of Gujarat, resulting in communal violence and loss of lives. Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the time, faced criticism for the handling of the situation. The riots occurred after the Godhra train burning incident, and Modi's government was accused of not doing enough to prevent the violence. Modi's role in the events remains a subject of debate and controversy. He went on to become the Prime Minister of India in 2014.
Shah encouraged the youth to work towards realizing the dreams of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Khudiram Bose, and Rani Lakshmibai, who fought for India’s independence.
“Modi saheb has been instrumental in various significant accomplishments, including the abrogation of Article 370, the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon, and the enhanced security situation in the country,” Shah said.
Later in the day, Amit Shah concluded his engagements with the Sixth Advancements in Endourology conference at 6 p.m. held at the Forum Convention Centre in Ahmedabad. The conference focused on medical advancements in endourology, underscoring the importance of innovation in healthcare.