BJP not anti-Muslim, Centre working on schemes for them, says Naqvi
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday condemned the opposition parties for terming the BJP as "anti-Muslims", while rejecting doling out more reservation to the community saying the demand has no "constitutional" merit. The Minister of State (independent charge) for Minority Affairs said the Muslim community has indicated that they will not let the anti-BJP forces "mislead or befool" them for "political benefits".
Naqvi said the central government is working on programmes for establishing education and skill development facilities for the community and trying to get more industries set up to generate more employment opportunities.
"There are schemes being launched for backward classes and that does not mean Muslims would not avail the benefits of the programmes because more than 50 per cent of the backward population consists of Muslims," he said.
"Muslims will get the major share of the development programmes," he added.
Naqvi lashed out at the opponents who have been demanding reservation for the community, claiming the demand was "not based on legal or constitutional ground".
He said for the districts having domination of Muslims the government has prepared a road map to establish polytechnics, IITs, educational institution right from primary level to higher standards and Garib Nawaz Skill development centres besides Sadbhawna Mandaps (goodwill generating centres) each with an investment of Rs 10 crore.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring places within and outside the country exploring avenues to attract business and industries in India.