Jaipur: In a veiled reference to 2002 post-Godhra riots, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday appealed the Muslim community to "ignore it".

"There may have been some incidents but can we not ignore them now? Incidents have been happening and 13,000 communal riots took place in the country before 2002. Rajasthan has seen the regime of Bhairo Singh Shekhawat and Vasundhara Raje but there had been no discrimination against minorities," Singh said.

"I want to build confidence among you (Muslims) that there is no difference in our words and deeds. British ruled with 'divide and rule' policy, but after 66 years of independence governments could not bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims," the BJP leader said.

Singh asked people to approach him if there was any case of discrimination against the community in BJP-ruled state. "If you find any discrimination with the community in any of the BJP ruled states, come to me with your complaint or write to me; I will reply and try to solve the problem," Singh said.

(Agencies)

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