New Delhi, June 17: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said that the Modi Government required to do a lot more to gain the confidence of Muslims as the people belonging to the community had been brainwashed over a long period of time. Naqvi told PTI,”We have to do a lot more to gain the confidence of Muslims because their minds have been poisoned over the last 70 years. But, the good thing is that the new generation, the women are evaluating the BJP on its merits and demerits. This is a very positive development.”

Naqvi also alleged that the Congress and other rival parties had always used Muslims for vote bank politics and had not done anything for their development. He added,”The Congress and others always feel that Muslims will vote for them out of compulsion. So, they have never focused on their development and empowerment.” He further said contrary to the opposition, the BJP government has worked tirelessly for the welfare of the community.

Naqvi further added that the BJP government would remind Muslims of the schemes the government started for their development and the efforts it made against ‘triple talaq’ during the campaigning for the 2019 elections.

Speaking on BJP’s defeat in the recent Kairana by-election, the union minister said it had not affected the party’s “winning streak”, but had forced it to have re-look at its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections. “It does not mean that we will lose all the elections. Now that we know that the opposition parties will stitch an alliance to contest the Lok Sabha polls, we will prepare a strategy to counter them,” Naqvi said.

The Narendra Modi government had taken various steps for “restoring the dignity” of Muslims and the BJP was not running after votes, Naqvi asserted while speaking on BJP’s loss in the recent bypolls.