Responding to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement that Muslims don’t vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Saturday said we should find out the reason why people are not voting for us. He added that the approach should be to find the reason behind it and to see if the problem can be addressed. He also said he doesn’t know from where has ‘sanctity’ come in. “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.
Ravi Shankar Prasad sparked a new debate on Saturday when he said the government has given Muslims ‘proper sanctity’ even though they don’t vote for BJP. “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?” Prasad asked at the Mindmine Summit, as reported by the news agency PTI.
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“We salute diversity and culture of India. There are two ways of looking at it. Let me be very frank today. There has been campaign against us for a very long time, but today we are here because of blessings of people of India,” Prasad said. In the recently concluded assembly elections, BJP scored an impressive win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party also formed the government in Goa and Manipur. Its main rival Congress was able to get a clear majority in Punjab only.
“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,” Prasad said pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi short-listed a Muslim tea garden labourer in Jalpaiguri, Karimul Haque, for his exemplary work.
(with input from PTI)