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Narendra Modi’s claim of not speaking against Muslims is baseless

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In a series of speeches that began in Rajasthan’s Banswara in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly targeted Muslims, falsely claiming that the Congress had taken away reservations from SCs, STs and OBCs and given them on the likes of Muslims The BJP has also posted anti-Muslim videos on social media from its official account.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi backtracked on his anti-Muslim remarks. In a TV interview, when Modi was asked why he called Muslims ‘intruders’ and ‘producers of many children’, he replied that his words had been misinterpreted.

Modi said, ‘I wonder, who told you… when it comes to many children, they add the Muslim name. Why are you doing injustice to Muslims? The same is the case here with our poor families… When there is poverty, there are many children… I am not said to be Hindu or Muslim.’

He added, ‘The day I converted to Hindu-Muslim, I was not fit to live in public life. I will not convert Hindus to Muslims, this is my determination.’

Interview given by News18 The conversation took place in the context of Modi’s campaign speech in Banswara (Rajasthan) on April 21.

On the one hand, Modi announced his commitment to non-Hindu-Muslims, on the other hand, his party’s official X-handle posted videos portraying Muslims as villains. The video showing the Congress’s alleged conspiracy shows Muslims usurping reservation from deprived Hindu communities.

The same was done by the Election Commission A video It was also ordered to be removed.

What did Modi say about Muslims?

In Banswara, Modi falsely claimed that the Congress had promised to survey people’s properties and distribute our brothers’ gold to others.

Modi said, ‘Earlier when he was in government, he said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources, which means who will give this property after collecting it – to those who have more many children distributed in the back. Give your hard earned money to scammers? Do you agree with this?’

In his speech, Modi referred to comments made by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006 about empowering minorities. However, Manmohan Singh did not say that Muslims have the first right to India’s resources.

Manmohan Singh said, ‘Scheduled castes and tribes should be uplifted. By introducing new schemes, we must ensure that minorities, especially Muslims, can also progress, get the benefit of development. They should all have the first right (Manmohan Singh used the word claim in his English speech) to the resources.’

However, Narendra Modi did not admit his mistake and repeated his comment in another election meeting saying that I have put the truth before the nation.

Narendra Modi has been making anti-Muslim rhetoric

Narendra Modi made anti-Muslim statements even when he was the prime minister. Modi has a track record of using Islamophobic language since 2002.

During the post-Gujarat riots (2002) assembly election campaign, Modi described relief camps for Muslims as ‘baby factories’. He also mentioned ‘polygamy’ to make Muslims look inferior. In Gujarati he said- ‘ame panch, amara panchi (we are 5 and we are 25).

As BJP General Secretary (September 2001) before becoming Prime Minister, Modi criticized Islam and Muslim leaders in a TV debate.

Why is Modi backtracking from his statement today?

Modi’s apparently communal comments have tarnished the image of India’s ‘Vishu Guru’. His speech was heavily criticized by the Indian media, but Modi was more worried about the international media.

The New York Times wrote that Modi’s speech targeting Muslims is against the Vishwaguru image he has projected on the world stage.

Some people think so That the reason for withdrawing the statement could also be that his comment got a negative reaction. The speech turned some voters against the BJP. However, there is still not enough evidence to draw this conclusion.

Pressure is being built on the Election Commission to act against Modi. Opposition parties, civil society people and common people have demanded action against Indian Muslims for their hate speech. Some people have also filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding action against them.

Now Modi may backtrack on his anti-Muslim statements to avoid legal action. However, there is enough evidence to show that they actually bear the name of Muslims.

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