There will be ‘no discrimination against anyone on the basis of caste, sect and religion’, says Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi. He said the new government will work for 130 crore people, including those who voted for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and those who did not vote for his party and the coalition.
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Lashing out at opposition parties for deceiving the minorities, Modi said the minorities have been used for vote bank politics. “They were kept in illusion, climate of fear and insecurity. They were misled by deceit. It would have been better if they were given education so that some good leaders emerged from the community, which could have become equal to other sections.”
Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies should ‘remove the sense of fear’ among them as ‘everybody needs to be taken along for the country’s prosperity’. “We have worked for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, now we have to strive for ‘Sabka Vishwas’.”
The Prime Minister appealed to all that we have to break that deceit on minorities. “We have to gain trust. We have to move shoulder to shoulder without discriminating on the basis of caste, sect and religion.” He said faith resulted in a pro-incumbency wave.
Modi’s remarks about ‘minorities made to live in an illusion of fear’ did not go down well with All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi. He said if the PM really cares about the minorities, then he should ‘stop cow vigilantes from lynching Muslims’.
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“If Muslims seriously live in fear can the prime minister tell us, out of the 300 odd MPs, how many Muslim MPs he has in his own party who got elected from Lok Sabha? This is the hypocrisy and contradiction which the prime minister and his party have been practicing for the last five years.”
Meanwhile, the minorities, especially the Muslims continue to be at the receiving end, with the latest incident, a youth being shot at in Begusarai district for his ‘Muslim’ name. In another incident, a 25-year-old Muslim man was forced to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and his skull cap thrown by the attackers.