Muslims don’t vote for BJP, but we gave them “proper sanctity”: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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New Delhi, April 22, 2017: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said Muslims do not vote for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), but the Government has given them “proper sanctity”.

Speaking at the annual Mind Mine Summit organised by the Hero Group in New Delhi, Prasad said “We have got 13 Chief Ministers of our own. We are ruling the country. Have we victimised any Muslim gentleman working in 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 asked.

The minister was replying to a question related to development having an impact on culture and diversity.

“We salute diversity and culture of India. There are two ways of looking at it. Let me be very frank today. There has been a campaign against us for a very long time, but today we are here because of blessings of people of India,” Prasad said.

To manifest his point, Prasad cited the example of Padma Shri recipient Anwar-ul-Haq, a Jalpaiguri tea garden labourer who ferries sick people on his bike to hospitals.

“Through this example, I would like everyone to know how we govern India. PM was very cagey about Padma awards. Your friends in Lutyens’ Delhi were the biggest beneficiaries of that. He decides I have to change it. There is this man named Anwar-ul-Haq. He is a labour in a tea garden in Jalpaiguri. His mother passed away because he could not get her medical aide. Now he has made his motorcycle an ambulance, has saved nearly 2000 lives”.

“One day PMO rang him up and told him that the PM will speak to you. And PM said I am going to give you Padma Shree. You are really doing a great job. We never saw the religion of Anwar-ul-Haq or whether he has voted for us or not. And if there are certain uncalled for, irresponsible voices, the Prime Minister expresses a concern. The CMs express concern. Yogi (Adityanath) is a popular leader. You are seeing his instances of good governance and inclusive development.”

Wefornews Bureau

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