Press Esc to close

Ravi Shankar in soup over 'sanctity' to Muslims remark

NEW DELHI, Deccan Herald News Service, Apr 23 2017, 0:53 IST
Ravi Shankar Prasad, PTI File photo

Ravi Shankar Prasad, PTI File photo

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remark that the BJP gave “proper sanctity” to Muslims even if they did not vote for the party sparked a controversy, with Opposition leaders voicing their protest.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “We gave them sanctity? Who are ‘we’? It is the Constitution that has given rights, our rights are protected under that,” he said.

Owaisi said it is a minister’s duty to ensure justice and equality. “Is the minister (Ravi Shankar Prasad) trying to patronise or threaten us? Yes, we didn’t vote for you and will continue to do so... but it’s your constitutional duty to ensure justice and equality as you have taken oath of the Constitution,” the Hyderabad MP said.

Owaisi said, “the government and parties will come and go but Constitution will remain supreme.”

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said, it is the government’s responsibility to take care of all citizens irrespective of the faiths they practised. “Ideology and the Constitution are two different things. Those who are stuck to BJP ideology vote for them, those who are anti-BJP, vote for the Opposition, but it is the government's responsibility to support each and every individual.”

Congress spokesperson Salman Khurshid said, “We should see who does not vote for us and find why and see if it can be addressed. Don't know from where has ‘sanctity’come.”

Ravi Shankar landed in the row when he was trying to deny that the BJP marginalises Muslims.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.