‘ WHY WAS ART. 355 NOT IN­VOKED GU­JARAT RIOTS’

The Asian Age - - Nation -

New Delhi, Oct. 13: Re­fer­ring to the 2002 Gu­jarat riots, for­mer vice pres­i­dent Hamid An­sari Satur­day asked why was Ar­ti­cle 355 of the Con­sti­tu­tion not in­voked by the then Union gov­ern­ment even when its de­fence min­is­ter was on the spot.

Mr An­sari made the re­marks dur­ing the launch of a book — The Sarkari Mus­salman by Lt Gen. Zameer Ud­din Shah ( Retd), who had led the Army Divi­sion that quelled the Gu­jarat riots in the state.

The for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent also said there were “no mil­i­tary so­lu­tions to in­sur­gency” as nor­malcy can be re­stored only by win­ning the hearts and minds of peo­ple.

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