‘ WHY WAS ART. 355 NOT INVOKED GUJARAT RIOTS’
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.