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Unfulfilled promises, PM’s silence on ‘ghar wapsi’ cost the BJP dear

The PM’s silence on issues like ‘ghar wapsi’ and church attacks have only fuelled anxiety among minority communities

Does Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) landslide victory in the Delhi assembly polls means the beginning of disillusionment among people with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance? While many feel that most of the promises made by the Modi government have not been fulfilled, the PM’s silence on issues like ‘ghar wapsi’ and church attacks have only fuelled anxiety among minority communities.

Educationist Razia Patel said how can there be development if there is no peace.

“We were shocked by the statements made by a BJP MP asking Hindus to have more than four children and another party leader Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti appealing the electorate during her campaign that they must choose between Ramzadon (those born of Ram) and haramzadon (illegitimately born),” said Patel.

Maulana Nizamuddin, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said in the last couple of months these kind of statements have only led to anxiety among minority communities.

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For educationist P A Inamdar, the AAP’s win was also the result of BJP’s indifference to issues raised by the lower middle class and weaker sections of society. Be it education or employment, people felt they are not being heard and it showed in the results, added Inamdar.

Father Malcolm Sequeira, Vicar General of Diocese of Poona, told Newsline that there was a hope for new and better governance when Modi came to power. “However, several promises have not been fulfilled. Things worsened when churches were attacked in Delhi and the right wing groups started their ‘ghar wapsi’ campaigns. Apprehension in the community increased as the Prime Minister failed to make a single statement on the issue,” said Sequeira.

Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Bombay, said that the Prime Minister’s silence on a range of issues hijacked his ‘development’ agenda and the fundamentalist agenda cost the party dear.

Activist Harsha Shah pointed out that by nominating Kiran Bedi as the CM candidate, BJP denied its loyalists the opportunity to rise. In the meantime, the AAP workers started reaching out systematically to the middle class and the lower middle class to understand their issues, she added.