New Delhi: As tension continues to simmer over Dadri lynching incident, a delegation of Muslim leaders met Union Minister of State for Parliamentary and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday to voice their concern.
During their meeting with Naqvi, the delegation said they believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas', but cautioned that people like BJP MLA Sangeet Som and Uttar Pradesh Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan need to be stopped.
Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, Naqvi said that the Modi government doesn't believes in 'divide and rule' but in 'development and rule'.
“Hate politics can only be countered with unity and prosperity,” the Minority Affairs Minister said after meeting the Muslim leaders.
BJP on Tuesday asked its leaders to maintain restraint in making statements that it feared may flare up communal passions.
BJP's caution came in the midst of statements by its leaders like Sangeet Som and Sakshi Maharaj besides Union minister Sanjeev Balyan over the Dadri lynching incident.
On September 28 in a village in Greater Noida, near the national capital, a mob dragged 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq out of his home and lynched him saying he ate beef. His family denied the allegation. His 21-year-old son Danish was left critically injured and is now recuperating in hospital.
Som, the MLA from Muzaffarnagar, had on Sunday said they were capable of giving a "befitting reply" if "innocents were framed" in the lynching case.
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, Monday, declared that he will approach the United Nations to seek justice.
Asserting that the Dadri incident is no less than the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, Khan said that the RSS and the BJP have declared that they will create 'Hindu Rashtra'.
Khan said that he will raise the rising cases of communal violence in the UN. “Our approaching the UN is not going against India but we are appealing to the UN. I have sought audience with secretary general of the UN,” he said.