Nitish defends himself on Gujarat riots

Apr 17, 2013, 04:44 IST | Agencies

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar yesterday defended himself against allegations by the BJP, which blamed him for the 2002 Gujarat riots, by saying that a railway minister was responsible for the safety of trains, not for law and order.

“I was railway minister then (in 2002) and my responsibility was the safety of trains, not to maintain law and order. It was the state government's responsibility,” he said.

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Kumar has been repeatedly targeted by his arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav for not ordering a probe into the burning of a train at Godhra in which over 50 people died.The incident led to widespread riots in Gujarat in 2002.  

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