Former Exterior Affairs Minister and senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid spoke to The Indian Categorical on the Muslim management within the state and obvious dissatisfaction among the many neighborhood with the ruling occasion in Rajasthan:
The Muslim management in Rajasthan is restricted to some areas, there appears to be a vacuum when it comes to a state stage chief
That’s an natural downside. What the occasion does periodically is decide individuals throughout the spectrum, which incorporates minority leaders, backward leaders, Dalits, to be sure that the message is that no one is saved out of the management circle.
However what has occurred in recent times is that we’ve been restricted in numbers. So, the prospect to accommodate the biggest alternative is not there anymore. And it is a downside of paucity; when you’ve got ten seats, you possibly can accommodate a spread of individuals, however in case you are caught with two seats, then how do you prepare your individuals.
This can be a bodily downside of our occasions. Subsequently, when individuals say there isn’t any Muslim to symbolize us, I feel that perhaps justified in a single method, it’s a undeniable fact that there isn’t any one to symbolize, (however) I feel it’s not solely a Muslim who can symbolize Muslims. Any Rajasthan chief is simply as succesful and outfitted to symbolize Muslims, as he’s to symbolize another neighborhood. When it comes to giving seats in an Meeting election, if we didn’t give them seats, then you definately may say it’s not honest.
The difficulty with the occasion at the moment is, we’re up in opposition to a really tough environment, created by our adversaries. That environment could make us self-conscious of our alternative, however we shouldn’t be. The issue is that typically you’ve to stability ideology and technique, however technique should not exchange ideology.
Is there a necessity to consolidate?
There isn’t any want to consolidate Muslims politically, however there’s a want to educate them politically. Educating them politically is what he (Aimaduddin) tried to do. Making them really feel wished. However (by) consolidating, you might be inviting bother from the opposite facet. Then they are saying allow us to consolidate as properly. And after they consolidate, they’re extra. It (their consolidation) is a passing section, it should not stay.
I might say join, not consolidate… There are an equal variety of non-Muslims who’re keen to converse. There isn’t any want for us to be unique on a regular basis.
The Congress minority cell has had Arjun Singh as its president; as a result of for us, it’s inclusive, not unique. Consolidation has to be inclusive. You’ll be able to’t have a non-Dalit as head of BSP, I don’t suppose you possibly can have a non-Yadav as head of Mulayam Singh’s occasion. Congress head could be completely anyone.
However inside Congress there are some leaders who questioned the Gandhis
Why don’t they provide us their pedigree? They first met the Gandhis after they have been 15 years outdated. And from 15 to 55, they’ve obtained all the things from Gandhis. Now, on the age of 56, how will you say to the Gandhis, who’re these individuals?
Every considered one of them has misplaced elections. After they misplaced elections, when did they arrive and say I take duty. Rahul Gandhi stated I take duty.
What’s your commentary on Jyotiraditya Scindia or Sachin Pilot?
Identical remark as earlier than. The purpose is that if anybody is born in politics on their very own, then they need to complain I can’t develop in your occasion alone. However in case you are born within the lap of management, then how will you complain if you end up grown up.
There was an argument concerning a authorities textbook
That e book has an offending portion. He (Rafeek Khan) has introduced it to the discover of the federal government and to the discover of the Meeting. That offending portion should go, however that offending portion should not change into a problem between communities within the state.
What the BJP needs to do is it needs Muslims to increase Muslim points. That is not a Muslim problem, it is a secular problem. That is as a lot a priority of another MLA because it was his. Now he raised the difficulty, superb, as a result of it had to be raised urgently. But when one other non-Muslim MLA had raised the difficulty, I might have been happier.
BJP solely needs us to speak about minority points. The NRC-CAA agitation was a noble agitation; it was not a Muslim agitation. The nice factor is that hundreds of non-Muslims joined that agitation.
What shall be your speaking factors with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, going by your interactions right here?
Factors listed here are individuals need extra illustration; they need committees to be fashioned, and many others. However the total understanding is there must be larger sensitivity to issues of minorities in Rajasthan. And due to this fact, I’ll put that to him.