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Engage in talks, no bias in govt: Vijay Goel to Imam Ahmed Bukhari

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By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2018 2:10:32 am

On Saturday evening, shortly after Goel met Bukhari, the latter raised concerns, saying Muslims were not being treated properly.  (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Union Minister Vijay Goel Sunday asked the Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari to take a step ahead and engage in discussions, while underlining that “no government policy has been discriminatory towards a particular community”. Goel was responding to concerns raised by Bukhari over the “manner in which Muslims are being treated”.

“We are reaching out to people under the Sampark programme to seek their participation in PM Modi’s development work. I have been closely associated with Chandni Chowk and I have been a two-time MP from there. I took the step to meet him (the imam) because of this,” Goel told The Indian Express.

On Saturday evening, shortly after Goel met Bukhari, the latter raised concerns, saying Muslims were not being treated properly. “On one hand, the Wazir-e-Azam is talking about development, but on the other hand the manner in which Muslims are being treated, the kind of allegations being leveled at Muslims, they are being told to go to Pakistan… As far as lynchings are concerned, they are being attacked,” he said.

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