BJP ready to apologize for ‘mistakes’: Rajnath to Muslims

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    NEW DELHI: Reaching out to Muslims ahead of Lok Sabha elections, BJP on Tuesday asked the community to give it a chance and not go by the "propaganda" spread by Congress while promising to stand for equality and apologize for any "mistake" or "shortcoming" in the past.

    "Please note that whenever, wherever if there has been any mistake and shortcoming on our part, I assure you that we will apologize to you by bowing our heads," said BJP chief Rajnath Singh while addressing a gathering of Muslims here .

    Singh said BJP was not against Muslims and the community should not go by the propaganda against it. He asked them to vote for BJP this time for the sake of the nation.

    "Try us once. We don't come up to your expectations, don't look at us ever again," he said at the event "Modi for PM — Mission 272+ — role of Muslims" here.

    The BJP chief asked the Muslim community not to vote for electing a government but for a strong nation where brotherhood and humanity shall prevail.

    Talking about the 2002 Gujarat riots, Rajnath Singh said Congress engineered such a propaganda as if Modi had ordered the massacre of all Muslims at that time and is now not even ready to accept the clean chit given to him by the courts.

    "Congress is playing vote bank politics to defame Modi and BJP ... Try and understand this, they want Muslims to move away from BJP," he said.

    "Now, the court has also given him a clean chit, what else is left against him," the BJP chief said.

    His colleague Arun Jaitley also sought to woo the Muslims, saying BJP does not treat minorities as "instruments of political power" but treated them as equals.

    "An organized campaign has gone on for several years to create a fear factor amongst the minorities about the BJP," he said, adding the party has "no prejudice" against them and appealed them to shun vote bank politics.

    He said Muslims should support BJP to help make India a "riot-free country where all citizens including minorities are guaranteed security and treated as co-equals with no discrimination".

    The BJP chief said the Indian Constitution does not provide for reservation on religious lines. "Anyone who is poor should be given reservation, be it Muslims, Christians ... and not on religious basis. Why divide people on the basis of religion. There should be equality."

    The party plans to convene at least one thousand such conferences to woo the Muslims and allay their "misconceptions".

    Attacking Congress, Rajnath Singh said its policy has been of divide and rule.

    The BJP chief also attacked the Congress for accepting the division of the nation on religious lines which Muslim leaders like Maulana Azad never accepted, saying it was "communal".

    He accused Congress of indulging in riots and cited Rajiv Gandhi's reported words after Indira Gandhi's assassination — "When a big tree falls, the earth shakes".

    For BJP, the party chief said, the country's Constitution is its religion and Hindutva is nothing but a way of life in which the world is a family and it "loves" Muslims.

    Singh said Modi has defined secularism as "India first" and called for doing politics of justice and humanity.

    He questioned the Congress for trying to project itself as a "messiah" of the minority community and asked what it had done for them since Independence.

    Claiming that members of the minority community have been siding with BJP, he said hundreds of Muslims have won on BJP symbol in civic bodies in Gujarat where Muslims have got the highest per capita income in the country. This, he said, has been achieved during the 10-year rule of Modi.

    Asking the community not to fall prey to Congress "propaganda of falsehood" that if BJP comes to power there will be riots, Singh cited the example of party ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Goa, where there has been no communal violence.

    Jaitley said people earlier used to say that it is a party which will get isolated. But now there is panic among other parties after seeing the success of Modi's rallies, as there has never been such a situation before polls where BJP has managed such a stronghold.

    He said Modi has risen and the crowds are coming together with a message.

    BJP ready to apologize for ‘mistakes’: Rajnath to Muslims - The Times of India
     
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    Reaching out to Muslims is good, but if u overplay it,it may backfire u.
     
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    There won't be any backfire! If Muslims give a chance to BJP, it's a +1 to BJP, if they do not, there will be no -1 instead the situation remains the same.
     
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    [video=youtube_share;bUlfgECW8iM]http://youtu.be/bUlfgECW8iM[/video]
     
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    This is a slippery slope i.e. if this time even if only 5% vote for them, next time people will say lets do/say this for them so that they will give 10% and similarly and so on henceforth. Thus after 10 years or so, bjp will be doing the same things that they are now accusing other secular parties of (i.e. minority appeasement).

    So IMO bjp should appeal to minorities based on only development aspect and for "true secularism" rather than place themselves on a slippery slope by saying we can apologize if any mistake from our side etc etc.
     
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    To be fair, what Rajnath said in the actual video is different from what the media is quoting. How typical of our Indian media.
     
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    I agree with you.
     
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    Watch the video. This is nothing but media sensationalism.
     
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    He seems to be addressing to minority cell of BJP - kind of pep talk - before polls. He spoke on various issues faced by BJP telling them how BJP's viewpoint should be conveyed on these issues. In the end, he is asking BJP's cadre to work for BJP and that we are open to listen to you (BJP's cadres feedback) and - will apologise for any shortcomings (if brought forth by them).

    Setting is important - he is addressing BJP's cadre.
    Context is important - he is ready to admit mistake if brought forth and not for any of the issues already in media.

    But reading the news - one is made to feel as if - BJP, in its desperation to woo muslims, is making an ideological U-turn. OR should I say BJP did an AK. But Reality seems to be totally different than the reported news.
    He seems to be sticking to BJP's stand on the issues - but is asking people to let them know if anyone is mistreated in BJP's ruled states. Apology not for ideology -bur for such action/inaction.

    Atleast, one should appreciate that BJP is willing to listen to the ground level feedback - irrespective of whether one is satisfied with the BJP's stand as mentioned in the video.
     
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    Wht another fu*cked report by media? :angry:
     

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