Congress is using Muslims as pawns, Says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Muslims now understand that the Congress and INDIA bloc are using them as pawns, asserting that the community is distancing itself from them after seeing the development carried out by the BJP.

Addressing a rally in support of BJP candidate Rekha Verma in Dhaurahra, Modi said that the poor and those belonging to the SC, ST and OBC communities have also come to the BJP.

“Muslim brothers and sisters are seeing that (houses under) PM housing scheme were given to all the needy. Be it water connection or gas cylinder under Ujjwala Yojana, every government benefit was given to all…they (Muslims) are also getting benefits of all schemes without discrimination,” Modi said.

“The Muslim community also realises that the Congress and INDI alliance have made them pawns,” he said, adding that “that is why the Muslim community is also distancing itself from these contractors of vote bank politics”.

Now, to save the Muslim vote bank, these people (opposition) are playing a new game and are out doing appeasement in the open, he said.

The prime minister said the manifesto of the opposition reflects Muslim League’s thinking.

BR Ambedkar and even Jawaharlal Nehru had said it clearly that there would be no religion-based reservation, but the Congress and INDIA bloc are “adamant on giving reservation on the basis of religion”, he said.

“They don’t realise that they are preparing a ground to break the country once again on the basis of religion,” the prime minister said.

He went on to say that in Karnataka, Muslims were “made OBC” overnight and provided reservation from the OBC quota.