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Naqvi says dignity of minorities not ‘political propaganda’

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New Delhi: On Tuesday, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi clarified that the security, dignity and identity of minority communities wasn’t a “political propaganda”; instead it was a “candour commitment” to empower the minorities.

The minister, who holds charge of the minority affairs portfolio said, “Irrespective of caste and religion, the Narendra Modi government treats every citizen of the country as an Indian and inclusive growth of all sections of society is its priority.”

While addressing students and scholars in a seminar on “Shifting Paradigm: Re-envisioning Minority Issues and Minority Studies in India” organised at Jamia Millia Islamia, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the “vote politics” is played on the issues of social, economic and educational welfare of the minorities.

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Minorities, especially Muslims, are generally left behind on the path of development even after spending money on their growth and empowerment. He blamed the loot of public money by middlemen as the major reason behind this problem.

Naqvi further said that this situation has “completely changed” after the NDA government came to power; “With the mantra of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas‘, the environment of fear created by some political parties in the minds of minority communities against the BJP has been removed.”
Naqvi urged the minority communities to rightly assess the Modi government on the basis of its work and not through the eyes of so-called “champions of secularism”. Then only they will be able to understand that the government is committed towards their security and dignity.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)