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Most of the Muslim leaders in India 'rootless': reiterates Salman Khurshid
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New Delhi: Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today stuck to his remarks that most of the Muslim leaders in the country are "rootless" and many of them are handpicked by political parties for their capacity to garner Muslim votes.
"Many, who pass as Muslim leaders are rootless. It must be true because if they were not so you see them around more often carrying their conviction with people, see them influencing public opinion and intervening. I don't see that happening. I don't think that is a good thing," Khurshid told reporters on the sidelines of an award function here.
The Minister was responding to questions about the recent remarks about Muslim leadership he had made in an interview.
"There is a real absence of an organically developed political Muslim class rooted in the community and organically related to it", Khurshid said.
Interestingly, Salman Khurshid's remarks came at the time when he himself is facing flak from the community leaders because of some of his initiatives taken as minister, specially his stand on Muslim reservation and Waqf Amendment Bill.
Some of the leaders have even gone public in claiming that Salman Khurshid is being used by the government to push 'anti-community legislations'.
They also claim that the minister has done very little on ground while he has engaged more in 'announcements'.
On the other hand, buzz is also around in the capital that a 'Muslim lobby' backed by another strong Congress leader from South is eying for the ministry and he is running a campaign against Salman Khurshid. The leader, however, denies doing anything of this kind.
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