NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured full support to Muslim community to deal with their grievances particularly related to improving its social condition and educational standing.
The PM expressed his views on Monday during a meeting with a delegation of Muslim leaders which discussed various socio-economic and political issues related to the community.
“The Prime Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured them of his full support in meeting grievances of all sections of Muslim society,” a PMO statement said.
The Muslim leaders promised to strengthen communal harmony and national unity.
The PM emphasised the need for empowering Muslim youth to enable them to play a larger role in the nation building, it added.
Modi specifically assured the leaders that he would look into their grievances on shrines, mosques and madrasas.
The PM’s assurance came in wake of the community leaders bringing to his notice issues related to properties of Muslim shrines, mosques and madarsas.
They also sought the government’s support in providing better facilities to Muslim youth particularly in the field of education.
Modi promised his “complete assistance in ameliorating their social conditions and addressing their educational requirements”, the statement said.
On their part, the Muslim leaders committed full support of the community to Modi in meeting his objectives of ensuring speedy economic growth, promoting communal harmony and peace, and strengthening national security, the statement added.
While expressing apprehensions about the trend of increased radicalisation and emerging threat of terrorism, the leaders underlined the need for greater unity and collective efforts to meet the challenge.
Meanwhile, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said there was a lot of misinformation over isolated incidents of attack on some religious places and dismissed the perception that minorities have become insecure under the NDA government.
While addressing a conference of business leaders here, Naidu said: ”Since Modi has come, insecurity has come. Yes, insecurity has come for some political people. What can we do about it?”
Referring to a “very condemnable” gangrape of a nun in West Bengal, the minister and said there was a lot of “hue and cry” over it with the incident being linked to “hindutva” forces.
“At the end of the day, the police have arrested the accused people. The number one accused is from Bangladesh and belonged to a particular community,” he said, adding, “Since that fact came out, nobody is speaking now”.
Even in Delhi, he said, there were five incidents which were wrongly projected.
“Even a small incident of pelting a stone on a place of worship, Church or Gurudwara or Mosque or Temple, it should be condemned by one and all,” Naidu said. – Edited from Asian Age