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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