Gayasuddin Sheikh is first Muslim MLA to speak about Modi in last 10 years:
By TCN Special Correspondent,
Gandhinagar: In a hard-hitting speech in the state assembly on Tuesday, Congress MLA Gayasuddin Sheikh representing Shahpur constituency in Ahmedabad said that Chief Minister Narendra Modi was of late warming up with the Muslims for his ulterior political aims and he had no pious intentions behind his latest move.
Accusing Modi of pursuing the “politics of hate”, Sheikh pointed out: “You can win political power in one or two states through `politics of hate' but the political power at the national level cannot be won by narrow-minded political strategy''.
It was the first time in the last 10 years that any Muslim MLA had spoken about Modi in such a harsh language either inside the state assembly or outside.
Referring to Modi's recent statements that 30 per cent of Muslims voted BJP candidates during October 2010 municipal and panchayat polls, Sheikh accused Modi of “adopting the Goebbel's strategy of repeating a falsehood 100 times to make it appear a truth to the secular voters of the country''.
Sheikh explained it that Modi was doing it to remove the tag of anti-minorityism with him so as to move from Gujarat and rise in the national politics as he harbours the ambition to become prime minister.
Shaikh Gyasuddin Habibuddin is MLA from Shahpur assembly seat. [Photo: MPMLA.in ]
The Congress MLA said that a few years ago, the same Modi, pointing towards Muslims if any in his elections meetings, would say that ``I don't require you''.
"But the same man now misses no opportunity to tell the world that 30 per cent of Muslims supported his party candidates in municipal and panchayat elections'', Sheikh said, asking him to explain what made him to take a complete U-turn from his previous positions and develop a new love for Muslims.
Stating that former prime minister A B Vajpayee displayed high degree of political vision to form National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to win the confidence of all the groups and communities with him, Sheikh said that Vajpayee pained by Gujarat violence of 2002, asked the rulers here to follow `rajdharma' (statecraft).
“But people with their narrow mindset trying to acquire political power through illegitimate means ignored Vajpayee's call. The consequence was that they managed to get power in Gujarat but BJP lost power in Delhi. It was in fact a rejection of BJP's politics of hate by India's majority and I am extremely proud of it'', Sheikh told the House, receiving applause from his party colleagues.
Referring to BJP's “misleading'' propaganda that Muslims in Gujarat were better off than their religious counterparts in other states, and that they were making progress in educational and economic field without discrimination, the Congress leader said that “anti-minority'' Modi government did not use the central funds worth crores of rupees for educational and economic upliftment of minorities in Gujarat. Instead, it returned the grants back to the centre year after year.
“But whatever developments minorities in Gujarat have made, no leader or political party can be given credit for it. They have progressed because of the spirit of entrepreneurship and mature understanding among them'', Shiekh remarked.
"People of Gujarat have now known that Modi talks of politics of development to divert peoples attention from his sinful deeds'', Said Sheikh.
“Gujarat was always a developing state, it is a developing state at present and will continue to develop in future as well'', said Congress MLA, saying no matter which party ruled over the state.
Sheikh asked: “Let the state government tell the people how much funds it gave to Gujarat State Minority Finance Development Corporation? How much fund was allotted to the Gujarat State Wakf Board allotted for the development of Muslims? How many schemes finalised by the National Minority Development Corporation for the development of religious minorities implemented in the state? Why is the state government not giving figures about it?''.
Stating that Gujarati Muslims did not need BJP's sympathy, Sheikh said that Gujarati Muslims were achieving growth and economic development with support from the secular Hindu majority.
Alleging that “certain elements with deranged mentality had tried to humiliate and insult Muslims in Gujarat'', Sheikh said: “I am proud to say that my nationalist Hindu brethren strongly supported us in our fight to get justice and constitutional rights''.
Saying that Hindu society is by and large is of helping nature, Sheikh said that Hindus were like elder brother to Muslims in the country and both respected the religious sentiments of each other.
“It is this cooperation which has made the development of the state possible'', said Sheikh.
Stating that Modi had no moral right to speak on behalf of minorities, he alleged that “conspiracies are being hatched by some people to divide and harm the Muslim community but we are safe by the Grace of Allah, with support extended to us by open-minded Hindus in our hour of crisis''.
Saying that of late, Modi has been holding parleys with Muslim leaders in his office, he said these would have been welcome had there been any good intention behind it.
“But the fact is that he (Modi) is dreaming to become prime minister and hence, he is cosying up with Muslims to improve his anti-Muslim image of 2002'', commented Shiekh in his speech.
“Muslims' mistakes and immaturity in the past provided strength to fundamentalist forces but Muslims are not going to commit such mistakes again. We know well that existence of your politics is totally based on our (Muslims) opposition. The main basis of your politics is propagation of hatred against Muslims to achieve your aim of divide and rule. Your new found love for Muslims is part of a new strategy intended to improve your image among the people. But let me tell you that BJP lost Delhi to take over Gujarat. And it may lose even Gujarat while trying to take over Delhi'', Sheikh said.