Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 17:
The Rashtriya Mukti Morcha (RMM) has urged the BJP to take note of the small representation of minorities in the just concluded Parliament elections in the country and take necessary steps to ensure their voices, as well as the interests of the people they represent, receive due attention and importance.
Congratulating the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for securing absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, RMM national general secretary Somnath Routray has said in a press release that while the number Muslim MPs was 97 after the 2009 general elections, it is down to only 16 this time.
“There has been no representation of Muslim minority community in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Goa”, he said.
Stating that such poor representation of minorities does not augur well for a secular country, Routray said the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should take the moral responsibility if the minorities are targeted or affected in any manner under the new government.