New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assured full security and protection to minority communities in the country but refused to comment on ally Shiv Sena's demand that voting rights of Muslims should be scrapped.
Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a function here on 'Untouchability No More', the minister, when asked for his reaction on the remark of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in the party's mouthpiece 'Saamana', only said: "Untouchability should come to an end."
He kept on repeating the same sentence as the reporters repeated the demand for his reaction.
Raut, on Sunday, courted controversy with his article observing that the Muslim community was being used for vote bank politics and hence they should not be allowed to vote.
Earlier, interacting with a three-member delegation of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, the minister said strict action would be taken against those who disturb communal harmony in the country.
"Strictest possible action will be taken by the central government against people who indulge in such acts," he said in a statement.
The delegation thanked the minister for providing adequate security for religious places of the minority communities.