Consider Muslims as your own, not vote banks: PM Modi
Modi’s vision to create a secular state
Consider Muslims as your own, not vote banks: PM Modi :- On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed around 1,700 BJP leaders as he spelt out his government’s vision of creating the required secularism and inclusive growth as he further invoked Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay to reach out to all sections, which also included Muslims.
While recalling Upadhyay’s words, Modi has said that Muslims should not be seen as tools of vote bank, but they should be treated as “your own”. This comes a day after he had lashed out at Pakistan in the wake of the Uri attack.
Modi devoted his speech to Deendayal Upadhyay
He devoted most of his speech to Upadhyay, Modi has reached out to various sections–Muslims, Dalits, poor and the downtrodden– as BJP has dedicated the next year to “garib Kalyan”.
While launching the birth centenary celebrations of Upadhyay at the conclusion of the party’s national council meet, Modi has focused on his philosophy of “antyodaya (the last man in the queue)” to which he has said his government has been fully committed.
PM’s this speech at Kerala’s Kozhikode, which has a significant Muslim population, comes at the time when the BJP is gearing for UP elections and tensions are still intact in Jammu & Kashmir.
According to the PM, the definition of secularism was being distorted and also nationalism was being seen in a negative light. Quoting Upadhyay on the ‘sarvajan hitay, sarvajan sukhay (the welfare of all and the happiness of all)” and that “no section of our society should be untouchable” for the party.
Modi said some people have not yet understood BJP and have tried to misrepresent its ideology and that his government’s slogan of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ was not just a political slogan.
He said that even members of the other political parties have asked him to bring about electoral reforms, but it would be better if other changes emerged after thorough brainstorming.