Tracking live updates from Jhansi, Bundelkhand, where Modi will address a rally.
He made the remarks when his response was sought by reporters here with regard to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's charge in poll-bound Rajastahn yesterday that 'BJP was fanning the politics of anger and hate and damaging the country's secular fabric'.
Madani is generating a debate on the prevailing politics of negativity and telling the Muslims that it is them who should decide on who is secular and who is not, instead of being told by Congress or other secularist parties.
Terming the SDM's suspension as "unlawful", the main opposition said the measure gives a clear message that "honesty will be punished and unlawful acts rewarded".
The question is, whether this debate over who is more secular should determine voter behaviour in the next election.