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'Godhra was hatched by Congress'

'Godhra was hatched by Congress'

Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 12, 2002

Secretary of BJP's national unit B. Padmanabha Acharya on Saturday alleged that the Godhra carnage was a conspiracy hatched by a section of the Gujarat unit of the Congress to create communal disturbance in the state as well as in the country.

The arrest of a chairman of a Congress-ruled civic body of Ahmedabad, as a prime accused in the Godhra incident in which kar sevaks had been burnt alive by a mob, "proved which party instigated the attack," Mr Acharya told newspersons here.

The gameplan was to create communal disturbances in Gujarat as well as in the country, Mr Acharya alleged.

He said no Congress MP, either raised the Godhra carnage issue or condemned it after it took place.

Describing what happened after the Godhra carnage as "equally condemnable", Mr Acharya said though the Narendra Modi government did all it could to control the situation, tension mounted across the state and violence erupted in Ahmedabad and other cities.

Defending the Modi government, Mr Acharya claimed the situation in Gujarat was now under control. He said the centre would consider imposition of President's rule in insurgency-hit Tripura, on the ground of failure to control law and order, but the Congress would have to raise the demand in parliament. (PTI)

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