Muslims don’t vote for us, but we gave them sanctity: Ravi Shankar Prasad

As IT minister, Prasad visited many Muslim-dominated villages where many Muslim youth are running Common Service Centres which help people avail government services through Internet.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 6:09 pm
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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said Muslims do not vote for the BJP, but the government has given them “proper sanctity”. “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 in Delhi.

He was responding 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 campaign against us for a very long time, but today we are here because of blessings of people of India,” Prasad said.

In recent Assembly elections, the BJP scored an impressive win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party also formed government in Goa and Manipur. Its main rival Congress was able to get a clear majority in Punjab only.

As IT minister, Prasad said, he has visited many Muslim-dominated villages where many Muslim youth are running Common Service Centres which help people avail of government services through Internet.

The minister cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi short-listing a Muslim tea garden labourer in Jalpaiguri, Karimul Haque, for his exemplary work. Prasad said Haque has converted his motorcycle into an ambulance, rushes whosoever falls sick to hospital and in the process, has saved nearly 2,000 lives.

“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.

The minister said he has issues with those in the Left and journalists spreading “hatred” against Modi. “We have a problem with some of our friends. Mostly, the Leftist friends and journalists who entertain a pathological hatred against Narendra Modi. Good luck to them,” Prasad quipped.

According to Prasad, the Left is “left out” all over the world and had been defeated in India. “They are left out in Bengal, are surviving in Kerala and Tripura, but the Left has got a very good campus in Delhi, which is the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and I always say the Left also needs some consolation prize. So, JNU is their consolation prize, we don’t mind that,” Prasad said.

India is in the third phase of political evolution where people are looking for “politics of aspirational reality with good governance”. “People of India know they can unseat any political party howsoever popular any political leader howsoever popular. This realisation brings about a different kind of humility. You better learn to perform and trust people. Otherwise, they will show you the door and they have been showing the door,” Prasad pointed out.

He is of the view that the politics of ‘want’ relating to breads and of ‘identity’ based on caste, community, religion and region is over now.

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    Abansal Spslt
    Apr 22, 2017 at 9:29 am
    Me Prasad does not need to give “proper sanc y” to minorities, he needs to comply with the cons ution and make sure that they get their fundamental rights as all other citizens of India.
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      Lovely
      Apr 22, 2017 at 2:30 am
      Leftists are parasites , they will thrive .
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        khaja
        Apr 22, 2017 at 1:36 am
        What sort of half baked law minister is he ? How can he say that is any muslim victimised in their regime and came to conclusion that no muslim voted for them. Can they victimise muslim and survive ? India is not their father's property where muslims are living as a favour, India is ours as yours, not to talk so boastfully mr.prasad, the day will come your fate and your party's fate will be more worse than todays congress, mind it. Atleast congress is breathing on bed with conscious, you will be like corpse or in coma.
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          Lovely
          Apr 22, 2017 at 2:34 am
          Why Muslims are having problem in almost all countries of the world. At national and local level problems are aplenty . Please note that country was decided on the basis of religion by three aces Cong, Muslim League and the English.
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          SubbuI
          Apr 22, 2017 at 1:18 am
          THIS BEGGER TALKS AS IF 20 CRORES OF MUSLIMS ARE SLAVE OF BJP/RSS AND IMPOTEND MODI.WHEN THEY LOSE PATIENCE BJP RSS AND MODI AND HIS SIDE KICKS WILL VANISHFOR EVER.
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            Rakesh Chaubey
            Apr 22, 2017 at 12:58 am
            sanc y ya sanctuary? Angrezi seekho fir desh chalaana.
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              bitterhoney
              Apr 22, 2017 at 12:15 am
              Muslims don't vote for us but we gave them sanctuary.
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                bitterhoney
                Apr 22, 2017 at 12:12 am
                Mr Prasad meant sanctuary not sanc y. Perhaps it was slip of his long tongue.
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                  bitterhoney
                  Apr 22, 2017 at 12:09 am
                  It should be read as sanctuary not sanc y.
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                    romi
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm
                    IE is doing to dogs no moderator ?? sick cheap vulgar comments is this u promote IE ???
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                      Naren
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 8:09 pm
                      Yes divide India according to who voted you and who didn't voted you.... Nobody wants such ic and stubborn political leaders/parties.... I am very much ashamed since I voted for this f party.
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                        Naren
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                        And how this Moron came to know that Muslims didn't vote for them.. And they say EVM is tamper-proof. Even if it is and even if this moron is right about voting, EC should take cognizance of such facts being leaked.
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                        Naren
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm
                        That's why I have always been citing for literate ministers.... You shouldn't form the govt. in the first place with meagre 26-30 of vote. Moron.... And you're a minister of India, not some RSS type mohalla sabha. Again.... moron
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                          sahil
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm
                          This guy is talking & seems he actually believes the theories emanating from jhandelwalan, what a bunch of arrogant fascists are ruling bharatiya reich. The only good thing is he actually concedes defeat to the bravehearts of JNU
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                            Ananth
                            Apr 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                            Being a Union minister and being Mr.Prasad who is well known for his moderation, this is an ertive speech. But even if such a person is forced to speak this way means both the government and BJP the party are emboldened, prepared to butt their heads with the opposition parties and philosophies. No more kid gloves treatment. Muslims too will have to take cognisance of it that their influence is either on wane or the present government is prepared to take their criticism in stride. The opposition parties which are always dangling the minority card will no longer find it effective. This is definitely a game changer.
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                              BlahBlah
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                              Development and government policies should be strictly based on criteria where religion and caste are not a factors. Modi Government has not indulged in any activities that shows that they are practising bias against a particular religion. regardless ins utions and democracy is so strong in India that they will never be able to do the things that they have been accused of. As far as media goes all these problems were there even before but they completely ignored it. Most of the time what is reported out is from BJP ruled state but nothing about non BJP ruled state. IR has not published a single article about menace the illegal immigration from Bangladesh in north eastern state. Why? killing of RSS workers or other political activists in Kerala is not given the same importance and no editorial is published . why? People understand this and they are replying through the voting. People who cannot see this are simply digging their own grave,
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                                Truth
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm
                                Top to bottom BJP is full of un.educated, self-praising, chest-thumping M O R O N S !
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                                  usual suspect
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm
                                  I hope deeni education would not be benchmark.
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                                    Truth
                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:58 pm
                                    No it's about Statesmanship.......they will do well if they take some lessons from the ex-P M Vajpayee !
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                                  Manohar Sharma
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm
                                  Muslim women now look towards Modi & Yogi for fair justice to them.
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                                    laxman
                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm
                                    yashhodaben is looking for owaisi and gilani for fair justice
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                                      usual suspect
                                      Apr 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm
                                      Your ammi is looking towards me for effective drilling.
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                                        autonomous
                                        Apr 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm
                                        Owaisi will be a good choice & nationalistic man but not gilani.
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                                          romi
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm
                                          sick upbringing shame on you u cant be a hindu ?? if you are better convert & lick owais
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                                        vnksk
                                        Apr 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm
                                        The anti-hindu communal sickularism of anti-hindu parties like Cong, CPM, SP, BSP, TMC, AAP, RJD etc. and their chamcha media like many channel and Eglish media such as IE, has now been thoroughly exposed b the public of India.
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                                          autonomous
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm
                                          Remember one thing "too much of anything will get good for nothing" A democratic country must need a strong opposition party too to make democracy function good,there may be disputes but output will be good.But its a fact that congress not performed well on corruption & foreign diplomacy.
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                                          laxman
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm
                                          muslims are 25 percent dalits 25 percent when 50 percent didnt vote for BJP and remaining 50 percent 30 percent voted for SP BSP congress then you got only 10-20 percent votes then how feku and yogi becoame ministers and BJP ruling - only one way EVM fraud and rigging - minister here himself caught foot in mouth - LOL
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                                            k.madhukar
                                            Apr 21, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                                            Apparently ,you failed in basic arithmetic taught in Ist grade .Go back to school
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                                              BlahBlah
                                              Apr 21, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                                              lol.....You are an at best! But that's what a simplistic mind like yours can think about
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                                                Manohar Shinde
                                                Apr 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm
                                                Lakshman pl. check your facts straight before you comment. Muslims are not 25 and Dalits and OBC are not immune to BJP, they tender their vote to BJP with pride. Perhaps, Bokari, the chief priest of Jama Masjid of Delhi requested Muslim Brotherhood to vote for BJP during 1998, Vajpayiji's elections and recently Muslims crackdown on Congress occurred and many perhaps voted to NDA.
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                                                Bharat
                                                Apr 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm
                                                It is muslims against whom polarization has been done otherwise there was no such consolidation of votes. So be thankful to their presence that helped you to show velien to hindus. But as human this religion based politics has divided the society and hatred is visible. How can y expect votes from people y target by all means.
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                                                  Ashutosh V Divecha
                                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm
                                                  “We have a problem with some of our friends. Mostly, the Leftist friends and journalists who entertain a pathological hatred against Narendra Modi. Good luck to them,” Prasad quipped. I THINK INDIAN EXPRESS IS ONE OF THEM
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                                                    Maverick
                                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm
                                                    What is your views on these media houses/Gundas? 1- Sudarshan News Channel run by RSS 2- Saamna: News Paper run by SS 3- Organizer news paper: run by RSS 4- Zee TV: Run BJP supporter and MP (Subhash Chandra) 5- All the TV channels has only one Agenda from last 3 years, they run debates on only Muslims 6- GAURAKSHAK DAL: Killing innocent ppls 6- GHAR WAPSI: Gundas attacking peoples bedrooms I can give 100 more
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                                                      Manohar Shinde
                                                      Apr 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm
                                                      Marvick, you have become partial and not counted the media houses and news papers and channals properly. You did not list news papers, TV channals and magazines .. those spill venom on BJP and NDA. If you were to count do it unbiased....
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