Fundamental difference exists between 2002 Gujarat Riot and 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot : Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the riot that took place as an after affect are very condemnable. Likewise, the 2002 Gujarat Riot is equally condemnable.
Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the riot that took place as an after affect are very condemnable. Likewise, the 2002 Gujarat Riot is equally condemnable.
However, there exists a fundamental difference between 2002 Gujarat Riot and 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot.
In 2002 Gujarat Riot, it is alleged that State Government fuelled it, while there is no such allegation against the involvement of Rajiv Gandhi led Central Government in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot.
In a statement Gogoi said that initially the needle of suspicion of Gujarat Riot was towards Modi Government, however, later it was proved evident. Gogoi said that the CBI charge-sheeted the then Home Minister of Modi Government Amit Shah and another ministerial colleague Maya Kodnani was arrested for their involvement in orchestrating plot against religious minorities. Alleging direct complicity of Narendra Modi in the infamous Gujarat Riot, the USA denied him VISA.
The Assam CM said that after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Anti-Sikh Riot that broke out as an after affect, no allegation has been levelled of the involvement of the Central Government led by Rajiv Gandhi. On the day of her (Indira Gandhi’s) assassination, Rajiv Gandhi summoned the leaders of the AICC to contain and control the situation to maintain peace and tranquillity in all the States.
“After he took charge of Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi initiated ‘special line of action’ to maintain peace and tranquillity and peaceful co-existence in the country. He even asked the then Lieutenant Governor of Delhi about his ‘action plan’ to restore normalcy and help the riot victims,” Gogoi said.
“While the leaders of the AICC were summoned, he was also present there and he himself was aware of the development when the then Lieutenant Governor was asked about his action plan. He got the opportunity to witness Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s sincerity and commitment to restore peace and normalcy in Delhi and help the riot victims,” the Assam CM said.
Gogoi also said that allegations about BJP’s involvement in fuelling Anti-Sikh Riot were also surfaced in the chronology of events that followed after Indira Gandhi’s assassination in the Capital.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)