BJP not 'anti-Muslim', says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, but denies more reservation for the community

Rampur: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi condemned opposition parties for terming BJP as "anti-Muslims", and rejected doling out more reservation to the community, saying the demand has no "constitutional merit".

The minister of state (independent charge) for minority affairs said the Muslim community has indicated that they will not let the anti-BJP forces "mislead or befool" them for "political benefits".

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. File image. CNN-News18

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. File image. CNN-News18

Naqvi said the central government is working on programmes for establishing education and skill development facilities for the community and trying to get more industries set up to generate more employment opportunities.

"There are schemes being launched for backward classes and that does not mean Muslims would not avail the benefits of the programmes because more than 50 percent of the backward population consists of Muslims," he told PTI. "Muslims will get the major share of the development programmes."

Naqvi lashed out at opponents who have been demanding reservation for the community, claiming the demand was "not based on legal or constitutional ground".

He said for districts having domination of Muslims the government has prepared a road map to establish polytechnics, IITs, educational institution right from primary level to higher standards and Garib Nawaz Skill development centres besides Sadbhawna Mandaps (goodwill generating centres) each with an investment of Rs 10 crore.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring places within and outside the country exploring avenues to attract business and industries in India. "Modi is not a PM but a Fakeer," Naqvi remarked.

On opposition parties' claims that alleged tampering of EVMs led to BJP's victories in recent assembly elections, Naqvi said, "The Congress had formed government at the Centre twice and Mayawati, Akhilesh (Yadav), Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal all formed governments in their respective states using the same EVMs, but nobody raised an eyebrow against the election commission then."

On BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's apparent keenness to form a grand alliance to fight against the BJP, Naqvi said, "When the patriarch of the SP, Mulayam Singh, has opposed the move and the Congress too, so far, wishes to keep away from any said alliance, how the opponents would succeed in their endeavour."

"Moreover if a few patients join hands to combat a wrestler, they would all bite dust in the arena of democracy," he said, adding, "Long live the pita-putra klesh (referring to spat between Mulayam and Akhilesh)."

The Union minister also hit out at Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MLA Mohd Azam Khan for "spewing venom" during the last five years as Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister. "A person of Rampur has been habitual of spewing poison... it is not a hidden fact that the people pf Rampur experienced utmost zulm (atrocities) during the last five years. Extortion and corruption prevailed here unrestrained," he said, without naming Khan.

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 16:25:39 IST

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