“Hamari sarkare baar baar kyu aati hai? Gujarat mai hum 27 saal se shaasan me hai, Madhya Pradesh me 15 saal, Chhattisgarh me 15 saal se.. kyu baar baar sarkare ati hai.. development hi toh kaaran hai. Aur hum par aarop lagate hai ki hum communal party hai. Hamari sarkar banne ke baad, Gujarat me ek bhi danga nahi hua, Madhya Pradesh me ek bhi danga nahi hua, Chhattisgarh me ek bhi danga nahi hua. Uttar Pradesh me hamari sarkar banne ka baad dange band hue hai.”
(“Why do our governments return to power? In Gujarat, we have governed for 27 years, in Madhya Pradesh for 15 years, in Chhattisgarh for 15 years. Why do our governments return? Development is the main reason. And they accuse us of being a communal party. After our government was formed in Gujarat, not even a single riot took place. In Madhya Pradesh not a single riot occurred, in Chhattisgarh not a single riot occurred. In Uttar Pradesh, after our government was formed, riots have stopped.”)
This is a statement made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in an interview to Zee News on November 23, 2018.
However, it turns out, Shah’s claims of no riots in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh under BJP rule are absolutely false.
Let’s tell you the truth state-by-state:
CLAIM 1: After our government was formed in Gujarat, not even a single riot took place
TRUTH: According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), as many as 35,568 riots (including the 2002 Gujarat riots) were reported between 1998-2016. The saffron party has been ruling the state since 1998.
CLAIM 2: In Madhya Pradesh not a single riot occurred
TRUTH: According to NCRB data, 32,050 riots were recorded between 2003-2016. The BJP was in the power in the state since 2003 till 2018.
CLAIM 3: In Chhattisgarh not a single riot occurred
TRUTH: According to NCRB data, as many as 12,265 incidents of ‘riots’ were reported in the state from 2003 to 2016. The BJP was in the power in the state since 2003 till 2018.
CLAIM 4: In Uttar Pradesh, after our government was formed, riots have stopped
TRUTH: According to a reply by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir to the Lok Sabha on February 6, 2018, 195 communal riots were reported in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
BJP came to power in the state in March 2017.
Credit: Fact Checker