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In Kerala’s Muslim heartland, Modi says Muslims need to be empowered

By ViewsHeadlines Desk,

KOZHIKODE: in the heart of Muslim population in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Muslims are no tool for votes. The southernmost state of India is the place where the BJP is trying to make inroads since the BJP came to power at the center, though without much success.

The BJP that came to power with catchy slogans like ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Wikas’ has failed to convert words into action as anti-minority violence has skyrocketed in much of the country. Gau Rakhshaks or cow vigilantes are on rampage in the Hindi heartland and Muslims and Dalit both are at the receiving end.

While addressing the BJP council here today, Modi said that Muslims need to be empowered and not be treated as merely vote bank.

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He also emphasized on the need for creating an alternate politics as advocated by Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya who had always suggested that no section of people should be left neglected or considered as tools to garner votes. Citing the “vikrut paribhasha (distorted definition)” of secularism propagated in the country, he recalled that long back, Upadhyaya, founding father of the Jan Sangh — the predecessor of the ruling BJP — had said that Muslims should not be mere tools to garner votes nor neglected.

Modi further mentioned that Deendayal had said Muslims should not be treated as “substance of vote market”. “It is in this context, we have launched our developmental programmes based on the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Modi said in his address at the concluding session here of the BJP’s National Council meet. “We have always tried to uphold his principles and today we again pledge ourselves to rededicate for the cause of such inclusive development,” he said. Modi said it was high time we extended a helping hand to the last man — the poorest man in each corner of the country. “A country such as ours — full of young people — should have youthful dreams and youthful pace”, he said and added that the BJP’s original character was based on principles of welfare of the people and the party had never compromised with its ideals. Malyali Muslims must be trying to decipher what the PM said in the vernacular language.

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