No Tick­ets, but BJP is for Mus­lim Vikaas: Naqvi

BJP says that it did not have strong Mus­lim can­di­dates to field in this Ut­tar Pradesh elec­tions, but party top bosses ad­mit there should have been more rep­re­sen­ta­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Va­sudha Venu­gopal & Aman Sharma

Go­rakh­pur | Varanasi: The Bhar­tiya Janta Party is ty­ing it­self up in knots over the is­sue of not giv­ing a sin­gle ticket to the Mus­lims in the Ut­tar Pradesh elec­tions.

“Humne kisi (mus­lim) ko ticket nahi diya kyunki hamare koi aisa karyakarta jeetne layak nahi tha. Hum ladane ke liye nahin, jee­tane ki liye ticket dete hain (There was no Mus­lim can­di­date in BJP who was ca­pa­ble of win­ning a seat. Win

na­bil-ity is the only cri­te­rion in BJP. We do not give tick­ets to peo­ple just for the sake of fight­ing),” BJP state pres­i­dent Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya said in Varanasi on Mon­day, when asked on re­ported com­ments of Ra­j­nath Singh, Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi and Uma Bharti that Mus­lims should have been given tick­ets. “I would in turn like to ask the BSP and SP how many tick­ets of Dal­its and Ya­davs they have cut re­spec­tively,” Mau­rya added. Peo­ple should not judge the BJP for not giv­ing tick­ets to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity as the party-led gov­ern­ment en­sured more progress for Mus­lims than those who be­lieve in mi­nor­ity ap­pease­ment alone, Union min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi told ET on Mon­day. He was ear­lier quoted by agen­cies say­ing it would have been bet­ter if the party had given tick­ets to Mus­lims. Home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh and Uma Bharti re­port­edly also made sim­i­lar state­ments lately, say­ing Mus­lims should have been given tick­ets. “There are par- ties that have given about 100 tick­ets to Mus­lims in UP this time. Have they ever done any­thing to up­lift the com­mu­nity oth­er­wise?” Naqvi told ET.

Naqvi how­ever said he doesn't con­tra­dict com­ments made by top party lead­ers that the party could have given tick­ets to Mus­lims. “BJP has done more vikaas for Mus­lims than the par­ties that be­lieve in only sym­bol­ism such as giv­ing tick­ets. For the past 70 years, cer­tain par­ties have only been stereo­typ­ing Mus­lims like this. They think their job is over once a few tick­ets are given to the com­mu­nity. We be­lieve in em­pow­er­ment not ap­pease­ment,” Naqvi told ET.

He said the BJP be­lieves in tak­ing along all the sec­tions of the so­ci­ety and it will be ad­e­quately com­pen­sated af­ter the party forms gov­ern­ment in the state. “Un­der PM Modi, no­body will be left out when it comes to vikaas. This gov­ern­ment has been do­ing much more for Mus­lims than any other,” he said.

Union min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi meet­ing a del­e­ga­tion led by Sheikh Aboobacker Mus­li­yar, gen­eral secy, All In­dia Sunni Jamiat-ul-Ulama at An­ty­o­daya Bhawan in New Delhi on Mon­day. — PTI

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