Declaring that the government wanted free, fair and peaceful election in Gujarat, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani on Monday asserted in the Lok Sabha that India could never be converted into a Hindu state.
Advani said the people would neither condone communal violence nor tolerate pseudo-secularism.
"BJP and other related organisations should see that the elections [in Gujarat] are free and fair and that good governance and safety of minorities are key poll issues," he said while replying to a day-long debate on an Opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on the communal situation in the country, with specific reference to Gujarat.
The motion, moved by Subodh Rai of the Communist Party of India-Marxist was defeated by a voice vote.
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