In response to the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement, President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said, “We gave them sanctity? Who are ‘We’?It is the constitution that has given rights, our rights are protected under that,” ANI quoted him as saying. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Salman Khurshid had attacked BJP by saying that “I see no reason why someone should feel that a particular segment of society is unable to vote for them. We should see who does not vote for us & find why,& see if it can be addressed. Don’t know from where has ‘sanctity’ come in,” Khurshid was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Yesterday, Prasad had said that Muslims do not vote for the BJP but the government has given them “proper sanctity”. Explaining his statement, he had further said that,”We have got 13 chief ministers of our own. We are ruling the country. Have we victimised any Muslim gentleman working in the industry or service? Have we dismissed them? We don’t get Muslim votes. I acknowledge very clearly, but have we given them proper sanctity or not?” He also cited an incident describing how BJP has worked for the people, regardless of the caste, colour and creed.
While talking about how BJP, never saw religion but the work, he described the incident where the Prime Minister had shortlisted a Muslim tea laboured Karimul Haque for his exemplary work. “We never saw religion of Haque or whether he voted for us or not. If there are certain uncalled for voices, the Prime Minister addresses the concerns, the CMs (chief ministers) address concerns. Yogi (Adityanath) is a popular leader. You are seeing his instances of good governance and inclusive development.” ANI quoted him as saying.