Fundamental rights of minorities must be protected: Owaisi

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday said right to life for Muslims in India must be protected as the constitution provides equal fundamental rights to every citizen of the country.

Participating in a discussion on ‘Commitment to Constitution’ as part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Bhimrao Ambedkar in the Lok Sabha, he said no one in the house would deny that “right to life was abused many a times against minorities in the country”.

The Hyderabad MP, quoting Ambedkar’s speeches, tried to remind the Lok Sabha how fundamental rights, especially the right to life, was denied to the minority communities.

He said Narendra Modi must fulfil his constitutional promise of being prime minister of every community in the country.

“Is the prime minister not for Muslims,” he asked while criticising the union ministers and NDA leaders for making “communal statements” on various occasions.

“What is secularism? Let them define it,” he said while pointing towards the treasury benches.

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