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Is PM not for Muslims, asks Asaduddin Owaisi

Is PM not for Muslims, asks Asaduddin Owaisi
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MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said right to life for Muslims in India must be protected as the constitution provides equal fundamental rights to every citizen of the country.

New Delhi: MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi 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', he said no one in the House would deny that "right to life was abused many a times against minorities in the country".

Quoting Ambedkar's speeches, he tried to remind the Lok Sabha how fundamental rights, especially the right to life, was denied to the minority communities. He said PM 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. Naidu bats for women's bill, uniform civil code

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women's reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the alleged remarks of its leaders. Participating in a debate on 'Commitment to Constitution' in the Lok Sabha, Venkaiah also pitched for a common civil code and inter-linking of rivers.

He said there was a need to focus on the women's reservation bill that provides for 33 per cent seats in Parliament and state assemblies for women. "We have been talking about it but not working (on) it. We must come to a conclusion," he said.

The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but is yet to be passed by the Lok Sabha. The union minister said that the Supreme Court had referred to the need for a common civil code and called for introspection. "What personal law prevents women from getting equality? We have to introspect," he said.

The BJD batted for a debate on Uniform Civil Code in Parliament, against the backdrop of the Supreme Court asking the government to come up with a view on the contentious issue.

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