New Delhi, April 22: Launching a scathing attack on Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remark on Muslims, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said the rights of Muslims are entrusted by the Indian Constitution and it protects them. Assaduddin Owaisi, as quoted by ANI said, “We gave them sanctity? Who are ‘We’?It is the constitution that has given rights, our rights are protected under that.”. Also Read - FIR Registered In Connection With Firing At Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad: UP Police
Apart from Asaduddin Owaisi, senior congress leader Salman Khurshid too questioned the remark. Khurshid said that he fails to understand why one community would not vote for a particular party. He said, “I see no reason why someone should feel that a particular segment of society is unable to vote for them.” Also Read - Delhi Riots Chargesheet is a 'Cheatsheet': Brinda Karat Slams Centre Over Delhi Police's Name List
In a private event of a leading company, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday had said that the Bharatiya Janta Party has given sanctity to the Muslims despite the community did not vote for the party. Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also holds a cabinet portfolio in the Union government, said, “We don’t get Muslim votes, I acknowledge very clearly. But have we given them proper sanctity or not?” Also Read - Delhi Riots: Police Name Salman Khurshid in Chargesheet For Provocative Speech During CAA Protest
Ravi Shankar Prasad appeared defensive on the charges of victimisation of minorities and said, “We salute the diversity of India. We are ruling the country. Have we victimised any Muslim gentleman working in industry or in service? Have we dismissed them? We don’t get Muslim votes, I acknowledge very clearly. But have we given them proper sanctity or not?”
The remark by the union cabinet minister refutes the claims of several Bharatiya Janta Party who claimed the support of the Muslims in sweeping the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.