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If I do Hindu-Muslim, won’t be fit for public life: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

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VARANASI: Saying he had resolved not to get drawn into “Hindu-Mussalman” politics, PM Modi declared Tuesday after filing his nomination for UP’s Varanasi Lok Sabha seat that the day he resorted to such methods, “us din main sarvyajanik jeevan me rehne yogya nahin rahunga (I won’t be fit for public life)”. The statement was part of PM’s clarification in an interview with Network 18 that he never meant Muslims while talking about “infiltrators” and “those with more children” in his campaign speeches.”I am shocked. Who told you that whenever one talks of people with more children, the inference is they are Muslims? Why are you so unjust towards Muslims?” Modi said. “Main ‘Hindu-Mussalman’ nahin karunga; yeh mera sankalp hai (I won’t play ‘Hindu-Muslim’ card; that’s my vow).” The PM said having more children than families can afford to feed, clothe and educate was a common problem among the country’s poor, irrespective of faith.After Godhra, my image was deliberately tarnished: PM ModiHe peppered the interview with instances of how living among Muslim families in his neighbourhood gave him insights into their customs and practices. “Eid would be celebrated in our house, too, just as other festivals were. There would be no cooking that day as food would come from our Muslim neighbours. On Muharram, if we had to go out, I knew that we would have to pass under the tajiya. I grew up in that society. I have so many friends who are Muslims… Just that I don’t like to advertise this aspect.”Asked whether he would acknowledge being unable to break the perception that “Modi doesn’t belong to Muslims”, the PM said, “This issue is not about Muslims. “Irrespective of how supportive individual Muslims are of Modi, there is a wave of thought that dictates to them, ‘do this, do that’. After 2002, after Godhra, my image was deliberately tarnished.”PM Modi said, “Irrespective of how supportive individual Muslims are of Modi, there is a wave of thought that dictates to them, ‘do this, do that’. After 2002, after Godhra, my image was deliberately tarnished.”On whether he was sure Muslims would still vote for him, Modi said, “The people of the country will vote for me.”Earlier in the day, flanked by a VIP congregation that included Union ministers, CMs of three NDA-governed states, ex-CMs and allies, the PM filed his nomination for a third consecutive term as MP from Varanasi at the auspicious ‘Pushya Nakshatra’ muhurat decided by Kashi scholars. The 26-strong group assembled at the collectorate included home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP chief JP Nadda.The alliance partners from UP included Apna Dal (Sonelal) president Anupriya Patel, SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad, and RLD president Jayant Chaudhary. Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Union minister Ramdas Athawale, and NCP’s Praful Patel were also present.From Bihar, LJP’s Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Paswan, ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Morcha chief Upendra Kushwaha landed in Varanasi to be by the PM’s side. Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, Assam minister Atul Bora, and Pramod Boro of the Bodoland Territorial Council were there, too, along with former Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Jan Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan. GK Vasan and Anbumani Ramadoss from Tamil Nadu, and Thushar Vellappally from Kerala completed the line-up. Modi wrote a series of posts on his official X handle later, describing his bond with the millennia-old city of Kashi. “My relationship with my Kashi is amazing, integral and unmatched… It cannot be expressed in words,” he said. “Filed my nomination papers as a candidate for the Varanasi LS seat. It is an honour to serve the people of this historical seat. With the blessings of the people, there have been remarkable achievements over the last decade. This pace of work will get even faster in the times to come.”Before filing his papers, the PM visited Dashaswamedh Ghat for Ganga aarti on the occasion of Ganga Saptami and boarded the MV Vivekanand Ro-Ro to reach Namo Ghat. He also visited the Kaal Bhairav temple by road.


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