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Common platform to discuss issues turned into a platform to woo Muslims

Monday February 21, 2011 06:27:24 PM, Staff Reporter

Former BJP President Rajnath Singh during the seminar on Minority issues held in Mumbai on February 20

Malegaon: When it declared to organise the day-long seminar February 20, ETV Network promised to provide a common platform to discuss the challenges minorities are facing in India. The seminar held in a Mumbai hotel, however, turned into a common platform for the leaders and politicians from various political parties and groups to score over one another, amid blame game and sans concrete plans for the minority empowerment.


Hurling the salvo against the Indian National Congress was former Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh with the support from party MP Shahnawaz Husain whereas at the receiving end were the top Congress leaders including Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan, Union Minister Salman Khurshid, State Congress President Manikrao Thakre and others. At the same time, the BJP leaders were leaving no stone unturned to use the opportunity to woo the Muslims - most of the time even taking the stand totally against the BJP policy and promising something, opposing which is the core of BJP politics.


"Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power for just six years in the sixty-three years of independent India. How can it be blamed for the backwardness of the minorities", said Rajnath Singh who was presiding over the seminar that was aired live on ETV channels.


"Let the government come out with a concrete proposal for the Muslim empowerment, safety of the Awkaf properties or on any other pending issues, BJP will certainly support them", he added.


Vehemently denying the allegations that he and his leader LK Advani had went to see Sadhavi Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the accused in the Malegaon blast case, Rajnath Singh said, "BJP is neither providing any support to Malegaon blast culprits nor does it have anything to do with them."


On Swami Aseemanad's confession and release of the Muslim accused, he said, "The CBI is investigating these cases. We should wait for the results and have faith in the judiciary."


Taking his leader's strong show of Muslim appeasement even further, Sayyed Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP MP from Bhagalpur said, "BJP has no role in whatever that happened to the minorities in the past. We are concentrating on current generation and its prevailing issues, and if the government brings a resolution in the parliament for the development of the minorities based on Sachchar Committee report, BJP will fully support it."


Maharashtra Chief Minister in his comments on Swami Aseemanand's confession and release of Muslim youths reiterated his earlier stand and said no injustice would be done to anyone.


"Justice will be done to every individual of the state. An innocent won’t pay for someone else’s crime and a criminal won’t be let free to create massacre, I assure you from this forum", he said.


Union Minister Salman Khurshid also reiterated his earlier assertions and said, the government is committed to the development of the minorities and taking all efforts for the proper use of wakf properties.


On the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University Salman Khurshid could just say that these institutions are established by the Muslims and they are for them. 


The seminar that started at 10:00 in the morning ran till 04:00 in the afternoon. What is surprising to those present is the lack of seriousness among the politicians in addressing the challenges minorities are facing.


"From the seminar one thing has come out very clearly. The Muslim community is no more interested in mere rhetoric and empty promises. They want concrete plans for their empowerment and the politicians should make note of this", Karim Salar, Jalgaon based educationalist and head of Iqra Education Society who was present in the seminar said to









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