Muslims should opt for a political party that believed in improving the lot of the Muslims, renowned journalist and columnist M J Akbar said on Sunday.
"Muslims should opt for a party that believed in all-round development of the Muslims. Do not vote for the party which harps on providing security to minority communities particularly the Muslims," Akbar said delivering a lecture on 'economic growth and underprivileged' oraganised by Sha-Shib group of Institutions here.
The former MP of Kishangunj in Bihar told the gathering that Muslims who participated in India's struggle for Independence never felt that they were the minorities. "The situation cropped up when a Muslim leader gave a call in 1935 that Islam is in danger."
Stating that Muslims should blame themselves for the sorry state of the community, he asked Muslims not to differentiate sons with daughters, otherwise the community would never develop.
NCP national general secretary Tariq Anwar also spoke on the occasion and his address was also on the lines of Akbar.