Guj Muslims are educated, economically sound: Modi
17 Apr 2009, 2142 hrs IST, Harish Joshi, TNN
BHARUCH: Reacting to Manmohan Singh’s statement about Muslims in Gujarat being financially backward, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said, “It is very unfortunate that our so-called learned Prime Minister has not referred to his own government-appointed Sacchar Committee Report. He was addressing an election rally in Bharuch on Friday.
Modi said a study was conducted by a committee about the status of minorities in various states and the same report of UPA government stated that Muslims’ saving and per capita income in Gujarat is much higher than the national average. He added Muslims’ education level is higher than other states, even employment to Muslims in state government establishments are higher than other states.
Modi added, “Congress is playing vote politics, whereas we, in Gujarat, talk about equality and progress to all. They cannot see progress of Gujarat and hence, they make statements to misguide the people of this country. Now it is enough, Gujarat is blamed too much for no reason.”
“During my tenure as chief minister, I never uttered a single word which divides caste and community but they are the people who have not left any effort to blame me,” Modi said.
It was the fourth public really Modi addressed here on Friday.