Modi says Muslims should not be treated as ‘item of vote market’

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Kozhikode: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to implement Jan Sangh ideologue of Deendayal Upadhyay by saying that Muslims should be treated as “your own” rather than seeing them as “items of vote market”.

During his address at the BJP Council meeting here, he said his government’s mission of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ is not a political slogan but a commitment to ensure welfare of the last man in the society.

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Modi in his speech while paying tributes to Upadhyay on his 100th birth anniversary, spoke about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms.

He said, “These days, the definition has been distorted. Even nationalism is cursed these days.”

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While talking about life and contribution of Upadhyay, Modi quoted him as saying, “don’t reward nor rebuke Muslims.

Empower them. They are not items of vote market nor are they substance of hate. Treat them as your own.”

At the conclusion of the two-day BJP conclave here asserted that “we never compromised with our ideology”.

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