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Muslims need to come out of fear politics, says Modi

Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 27, 2014
First Published: 00:07 IST(27/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:24 IST(27/6/2014)

In his first meeting with a prominent Muslim leader after he became the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi assured to look into the issue of false implication of Muslim youths in terror cases.

In his meeting with the president of India Islamic Cultural Centre, Sirajuddin Qureshi on Wednesday, Modi also emphasised that he doesn't believe in discrimination and asked the minority community to "come out of fear politics".

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"When I pointed out that many Muslims have associated with his government's agenda he said more people should come forward. He pointed out how he is taking steps to provide modern education to Muslims," Qureshi told HT.

On the issue of false implication of Muslim youth in terror cases Modi reportedly told Qureshi that he is aware of the sensitivity of the issue and will look into the matter.

While Modi avoided any frequent mention of Muslims in his entire poll campaign, his first speech in Lok Sabha during the debate on President's speech saw him talking about modernising education for Muslims.

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Qureshi also told HT, "The PM also accepted my invitation to visit India Islamic Cultural Centre after the holy month of Ramadan."

The PM's office, however, did not come out with any press statement on the meeting.

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