Senior BJP leader and ex-cabinet minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday that for decades, Muslim votes are being "chewed like chewing gum" and "chucked like castaway".
Addressing 'Minorities Rights Day' program, organized by Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission in Lucknow, Naqvi said that the "crook contractors of votes" have committed "cruel, communal, criminal conspiracy" against the minorities to "hijack" their socio-economic and educational empowerment.
Naqvi added, "Today, India has become the flagbearer of inclusive empowerment by crushing the curse of communalism."
Naqvi said that the "treacherous traders of votes" are responsible for the economic, educational, and social backwardness of some sections of the Muslim community.
Naqvi added that today the time has changed, the environment has changed and the mood of the country has changed.
The 'Modi Magic' has replaced the praxis of polarisation with politics of prosperity', he said.
Along with majority communities, the minority communities have benefitted equally from the positive atmosphere of "development with trust" in the governments led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Uttar Pradesh minister of state for minority welfare, Danish Azad, UP minorities commission chairman Ashfaq Saifi, BJP UP minority morcha president Basit Ali and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. (KB/IANS)