The president of the state unit of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Shakeel Ahmed, has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of not doing enough to rehabilitate victims of the 2002 Godhra riots.
Talking to reporters in Ahmedabad, Ahmed said: "Narendra Modi is not ready to take steps for rehabilitation or reconciliation with the state's affected people. Neither was he concerned earlier, not is he interested to do anything now. Instead of working for the people he is busy in manoeuvring his image."
He added: "Almost 30,000 people are still living in camps and have not been able to return to their homes because of lack of rehabilitation efforts by the state government. The media also reports about the pitiable condition they have been living in and they have not been adequately compensated. The central government gave its share of compensation but the state government of Gujarat has not provided any financial assistance to the people who are suffering."
"None of the political parties are concerned about the poverty and unemployment in the country. They just care about coming to power. The Bharatiya Janata party and the Congress Party are busy pulling each other down with the motive of reaping political benefits. Narendra Modi abuses the Congress Party and the Congress party does the same. That has been the situation," said an elderly Muslim local, Hakim Ali.
In Surat, Abdul, a resident, said: "As Muslims, we have also not been given the benefit of government jobs. From a small job to big ones, Muslims feature nowhere. Even in Saurashtra, government jobs were given to people recently, not even one job was offered to a Muslim."
He also slammed Modi for not giving tickets to Muslims in the upcoming state polls.
He added: "Even in the upcoming elections, Narendra Modi did not give even a single ticket to Muslims in Gujarat. It is tough for the Muslim in Gujarat to forgive Narendra Modi because there is a sense of fear that prevails in our hearts. We do not want the BJP government in the state."
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17, respectively and the results will be announced on December 20. (ANI)