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'Forced-feeding' row: Top cleric criticises Modi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, July 29, 2014
First Published: 19:03 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:48 IST(29/7/2014)

Top cleric of the largest Eid congregation in West Bengal on Tuesday criticised the Modi-government for its much-hyped 'achche din' concept and keeping silent when Muslims were targeted in the country, however, praised chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her work for minority development.

Qari Fazlur Rehman, one of the most revered clerics, was speaking in the presence of Banerjee on Red Road in Kolkata.
Interestingly, earlier, Rehman was learnt to have come down heavily on the chief minister for only lip-service in the name of Muslim development.

"They said 'achche din' will come, but these days, food is forced down on a Muslim's mouth during Ramadan. Till now, Narendra Modi has not said anything condemning such incidents. It is his people who are doing such acts and obviously he will be silent. Is this what he meant by good days," said Rehman.

"About 30% Muslims voted Modi to power. One must not forget that the ones who made him rise can also sink him...Do not consider Muslims weak," he added.

He stated that the trend of considering Muslims as terrorists and criminals is continuing and random arrests are being made. He warned the BJP government that Muslims can change the regime at the Centre.

Appreciating Banerjee's efforts for minority development, Rehman also stated that much is left to be done.

Banerjee also stated that communal harmony and 'bhaichara' among communities should prevail and Muslims should be happy in the state.

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