New Delhi, February 23: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party should have given tickets to Muslims for ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The statement from the senior BJP leader came in an interview with Times Now. Singh cited that his Party did not discriminate on the basis of “caste, creed or religion”, but issued tickets on the basis of “winnability of a candidate.”
Choosing Hindu only candidates for assembly elections, however, reflects segregation of Hindu ideology in the saffron party. BJP had issued 7 tickets to Muslim candidates during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and all of them had lost.
Fourth phase of polling is ongoing in the Uttar Pradesh on Thursday and the political turf here is like an acid test for Modi government.
When asked about why BJP did not give tickets to Muslims candidates, Singh added: Candidates from minority sections have got tickets in other states…The party must have discussed about it…But I believe they [Muslims] should be given tickets.
While political mercury is high in UP amid ongoing assembly elections, opposition parties have been slamming PM Modi and BJP for running a communal campaign for votes. Even BJP’s election manifesto contains promise for Ram Temple.