'Na Maine Hindu Kaha, Na Musalman': PM Modi Clarifies His 'More Children, 'Infiltrators' Remarks

"I’m shocked. Why do people assume I’m talking about Muslims when I talk about people having too many children? Even poor Hindu families have this issue. They are not being able to give their kids proper education," The Prime Minister said in an interview to a Hindi news channel.
PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday has expressed shocked over the references that are being drawn from his statement having 'more children', 'infiltration' remarks. The Prime Minister said he never mentioned any community in his poll rally speech and was shocked how the same was being linked to Muslims. He said that poor people in the country have a lot of children.
"I’m shocked. Why do people assume I’m talking about Muslims when I talk about people having too many children? Even poor Hindu families have this issue. They are not being able to give their kids proper education," The Prime Minister said in an interview to News18.
"I have neither named Hindus nor Muslims. I’ve just made an appeal that have only many kids as you can take care of..."Main 'Hindu-Musalman' nahin karunga; yeh mera sankalp hai (I won't play 'Hindu-Muslim' card; that's my vow, " the PM added.
"I have lived among Muslim families in childhood. I have a lot of Muslim friends. After 2002, efforts were made to tarnish my image," the Prime Minister said.
Stating that his governance model does not discriminate on the basis of religion or caste, the Prime Minister said that attempts were being made after 2002 Godhra riots to tarnish his image. PM Modi recalled how he celebrate Eid with his neighbours in his childhood, adding that he has a lot of Muslim friends.
While responding to a question on whether Muslims will support him in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the PM added that he believes the citizens of the country will again vote him to power for a third straight term.
The Prime Minister had stoked a row during a rally in Rajasthan's Banswara, when he said that the Congress manifesto "will calculate the gold with mothers and sisters, and then distribute that property".
"They will distribute it to whom - Manmohan Singh's government had said that Muslims have the first right on the country's assets..."It will be distributed to the infiltrators. Should your hard-earned money go to the infiltrators? Do you approve of this?" he had said.
The Congress had taken a strong objection to this and lambasted the Election Commission of India for what it termed as "inaction," against the PM despite lodging several complaints.
"While we have objections to the entire tone and tenor of the Prime Minister's speech, in this representation we wish to highlight the completely unprecedented and malicious allegations as well statements which are clearly aimed at creating enmity between groups, far worse than any ever made by a sitting Prime Minister in the history of India. This cannot go unchecked, unanswered and unpunished," it said in a formal complaint to the ECI.
Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday filed his nomination from Varanasi for the third time. He first performed Ganga Aarti at Dashwmedha Ghath and was accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adtiyanath among others.
Four phases of Lok Sabha elections 2024 have concluded and the remaining three will be held on May 20, 25, and June 1 while the results will be declared on June 4.
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