Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took to Twitter on Saturday morning to hit back at the criticism he was facing over his statement on Muslim votes. The Minister for Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology Government of India in a series of tweets said Narendra Modi government believes in an inclusive society and respects the vibrant cultural diversity of India. “My stand is very clear. @narendramodi government believes in inclusive society. It respects the vibrant cultural diversity of India,” he wrote.
He said development is the primary concern for the current government irrespective of religion. “Every Indian, be it Hindu, Muslim, Christian or a citizen of marginalised deprived community. Development of all is our primary concern. We don’t measure the development of Indian citizens on the yardsticks of vote bank,” he wrote. He praised Imran Khan of Alwar whose It work was talked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London.
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— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) April 22, 2017
“I am proud of Imran Khan of Alwar whose IT work was talked about by PM @narendramodi in his speech in London. I salute Karimul Haq-tea garden worker whose selfless ambulance service to people impressed @narendramodi to honour him with Padam Award,” Prasad wrote. These tweets have come one day after his controversial statement that got a mixed reaction from people. “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 on Friday.
Congress leader Salman Khurshid gave a strong reply to Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday. 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.