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“Is Congress a party for Muslim men alone?” asks PM Modi

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In sharp attack on the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday questioned the Congress over its stand on triple talaq, asking if the opposition party belongs only to the Muslim men.

” I have read in newspaper that Congress President has said that Congress is a party of Muslims, I am not surprised by this. All I want to ask is, is their party only for Muslim men or for women too?”

PM Modi was addressing a gathering while laying the foundation stone of the Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh. He further “but is it a party meant only for Muslim men? Because you don’t stand with the Muslim women on issues such as triple talaq and nikah halala,”

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He added that the Congress has been stalling the Triple Talaq Bill in the Parliament and don’t allow discussion on the same. An Urdu daily reported said Congress President Rahul Gandhi told a meeting of Muslim intellectuals, that Congress is a party for Muslims.

A day earlier, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, attacked the party on similar lines saying the Congress would have to be blamed for any communal tension in the run-up to the elections. She said that the Congress is playing a dangerous game and such efforts at dividing the country on communal lines was last seen in 1947.

Meanwhile, the Congress has dismissed the media report as a ‘rumour’ and asserted that it was a party of 132 crore Indians.  Congress’ communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala on Friday said that when governance fails, rumours take precedence. “When the government is on the path of lying, then rumours become the main policy of the government,” he told reporters.

Modi also took a shot at the BSP and SP by saying, “the new projects of development are meant for all but it’s unfortunate that some parties who claim to believe and follow Ambedkar and talk about social justice, have always ignored eastern UP.”

PM Modi even charged at BSP and SP’s newfound love for each other after decades of bitter rivalry. Modi said, “Those who never saw each other eye-to-eye, have now come together and they have nothing else on agenda but to target Modi.”

“The opposition is afraid if people grow, poverty is eliminated, then their politics will seize to exist,” the prime minister added.

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