PM Modi’s Comments on Muslims Stir Controversy in Banswara Rally, Opposition Criticizes Diversion Tactics

New Delhi, 22nd April 2024: In a recent election speech in Rajasthan’s Banswara, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments regarding Muslims have sparked controversy, drawing criticism from opposition leaders who accuse him of attempting to divert attention from pressing issues.

During the rally, PM Modi referenced the Congress manifesto, alleging that it implied Muslims had the first right to the country’s assets. This assertion, he claimed, indicated a plan to distribute property among individuals with more children and infiltrators. His remarks stirred debate, with the BJP sharing a video snippet of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s speech in December 2006, reinforcing PM Modi’s assertions.

Dr. Singh’s past statement had emphasized the need to prioritize development programs for minorities, including Muslims, to ensure equitable resource distribution. However, the BJP’s interpretation has led to controversy, prompting clarification from Dr. Singh’s office at the time.

In response, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticized PM Modi for attempting to deflect attention from critical issues, particularly after the first phase of voting. He emphasized the importance of voting on substantive issues such as employment and the welfare of families and the nation’s future.

Echoing Gandhi’s sentiments, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera accused PM Modi of resorting to falsehoods to secure electoral victories. Similarly, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav condemned PM Modi’s remarks, citing them as examples of dishonest political tactics.

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned PM Modi’s characterization of Muslims as infiltrators and individuals with many children, attributing it to a longstanding pattern of scapegoating Muslims for political gain. He underscored the concentration of wealth among a small percentage of Indians under Modi’s rule.

As the Lok Sabha elections unfold across seven phases, these contentious remarks underscore the charged atmosphere of Indian politics.