India Elections : Muslims sidelined in Indian politics: Shahi Imam

Accusing political parties of “failing” to provide justice to Muslims, Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Ahmad Bukhari feels that a Muslim prime minister might bring hope to the community.

Bukhari also commended the Sikh community for raising “strong voice” against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Accusing political parties of using the Muslim community as just a vote bank, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid said that Muslims should join hands and launch their own party that will work for the community’s welfare.
“Muslims in this country have always been secular and have never voted on religious grounds. They have even voted for political parties whose leaders have been Hindus. They even supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 1977 and 1989 elections,”he added.

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