Seeking to allay apprehensions about Narendra Modi as a Prime Minister, BJP on Monday said he will run the government on the lines of former Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee maintaining harmony and security for all.
"I want to assure you that Modi's government will be run on the lines of that run by Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government to bring in harmony, prosperity and security," senior party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Naqvi claimed a sense of reservation among the minorities towards BJP is on the wane as they now vote for the party based on merits and demerits.
"During 1980s, there was a negative views about BJP. Today, minorities vote for BJP based on merit or demerits. There are no reservations now about the party. That is an important thing today," he said during an interaction at the Women's Press Corps here.
He claimed a BJP-led government will put an end to "a sense of insecurity prevailing among the Muslim community" and seek to strengthen their socio-economic conditions and bring political empowerment.
Acknowledging that the party could not ensure adequate representation to Muslims in ticket distribution, he said they will be "compensated with interest" when their government comes to power.
Naqvi defended the party's stand on abrogation of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir as mentioned in the party manifesto, saying the party is of the view that the Article is the reason for Jammu and Kashmir's lack of development.
He said there has to be a review and debate on whether it has benefited the state or not.
Similarly, on the issue of not allowing FDI in multibrand retail, he said the "country is not yet ready for FDI in retail as several states have opposed to it because of fear among traders".
On the controversy surrounding PM Manmohan Singh's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru's book, Naqvi dismissed the suggestions that Baru was part of Narendra Modi's team and had written his memoirs at the behest of BJP. MORE