Modi Sparks Controversy with Divisive Remarks on Muslims and Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made divisive remarks about Indian Muslims and the opposition party Congress during a rally in Gujarat. Modi accused Congress of planning to provide reservations to Muslims, and linked the party to Pakistan, sparking controversy ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections.

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Modi Sparks Controversy with Divisive Remarks on Muslims and Pakistan

Modi Sparks Controversy with Divisive Remarks on Muslims and Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sparked controversy ahead of the third phase of the Lok Sabha Elections by making divisive remarks about Indian Muslims and the opposition party Congress during a rally in Gujarat's Sabarkantha on Wednesday. Modi challenged Congress to guarantee that it would never provide reservations on the basis of religion, claiming that the party is looking to "snatch" reservations from Dalits, tribals, and backward classes to provide reservation to Muslims.

Why this matters: The divisive rhetoric and unfounded accusations made by Modi have the potential to further polarize Indian society and create unrest among minority groups. This kind of rhetoric can also damage bilateral relations with Pakistan and have far-reaching consequences for regional stability.

"I challenge them (Congress and India bloc) to give in writing that they will never extend reservation on religious grounds, and that reservations for SC/STs and OBCs won't be taken away. But they won't accept this challenge as something fishy is going on," Modi said at the rally. He criticized Congress's historical approach to reservations, accusing them of endangering the Constitution by tampering with reservation structures for political gains.

Modi also made unfounded accusations linking Pakistan to the Congress party, suggesting that Pakistan wants Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to become the next Prime Minister of India. "Pakistan is crying because Congress is dying here. Pakistani leaders are praying for Congress. Pakistan is eager to make 'shehzada' (referring to Rahul Gandhi) the next prime minister," Modi stated.

The Prime Minister's remarks came after Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, a former minister in Pakistan's cabinet under Imran Khan, shared a video featuring Rahul Gandhi on social media, praising him. BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya questioned the Congress's association with Pakistan, pointing out Hussain's previous role in Imran Khan's cabinet.

Modi further criticized Congress over opposition leader Salman Khurshid's niece Maria Alam's call for 'vote jihad'. "Now, the INDI alliance calls for 'vote jihad'. We have so far heard about 'love jihad' and 'land Jihad'. This (vote jihad) is said by a person who belonged to an educated Muslim family, not by someone who studied in a madrasa. I hope you all know what the meaning of jihad is. This is an insult to democracy and not a single Congress leader has condemned it," Modi said.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence in the electorate's judgment, predicting a significant setback for the Congress in the upcoming elections, citing their failure to learn from past defeats. He also reiterated his government's actions to empower marginalized communities, particularly Muslim women, through measures such as scrapping the triple talaq law.

This is not the first time Modi has made divisive remarks targeting Muslims and the Congress party. In previous speeches, he made denigrating references to Muslims as "infiltrators" and falsely claimed that the Congress manifesto said the gold owned by women, particularly their mangalsutra, would be taken away and given to Muslims. These claims have been debunked by fact-checking outlets like Alt News.

Other top BJP leaders have repeated the trope of a Congress-Muslim nexus, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Shah claimed that the Congress manifesto made it clear that the party wanted to introduce Sharia Law and reintroduce triple talaq, despite there being no mention of either in the actual manifesto.

Modi's unfounded accusations and divisive rhetoric have raised concerns about the safety of minority groups in India and the potential threat to bilateral relations with Pakistan. The BJP'sLok Sabha 2024 election campaignhas been criticized for relying on falsehoods, disinformation, and communal hate, with the party seeking to create a narrative of a Congress-Muslim nexus to harm Hindus. The election season's progression will reveal how voters respond to such polarizing tactics and their impact on India's social fabric.

Modi held a rally in Gujarat's Sabarkantha on Wednesday, where he made divisive remarks about Indian Muslims and the opposition party Congress.

Key Takeaways

  • Indian PM Narendra Modi sparks controversy with divisive remarks about Muslims and Congress party.
  • Modi accuses Congress of planning to "snatch" reservations from Dalits, tribals, and backward classes to give to Muslims.
  • He links Pakistan to Congress, suggesting Pakistan wants Rahul Gandhi as next PM of India.
  • Modi's remarks criticized for potential to polarize Indian society and damage bilateral relations with Pakistan.
  • BJP's election campaign accused of relying on falsehoods, disinformation, and communal hate.