NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi cabinet revamp on Wednesday did not see any other Muslim being inducted, other than Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi successively remains the community's single representative in the Union Cabinet.
BJP's Rajya Sabha member Zafar Islam was one of the aspirants but could not find a place while after the resignation of MJ Akbar, there were rumors that one person from the community could be inducted.
Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said: "There should be no expectation from the BJP as the second largest minority is not on their agenda." Community leaders are of the same view.
Majlis-e-Mushawarat President Navaid Hamid said: "Muslims don't expect anything from the BJP except they follow the constitutional mandate... the more they ignore, the more they discriminate, the more they are exposed about their prejudice and vicious agenda against most persecuted, the most marginalised, and the most discriminated community in the country. Even if they have given any more representation, Indians would have not expected any good that from Muslim man for the betterment of the community."
It is pertinent to note that, as the Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi effectively implemented various schemes aimed at socio-economic-educational empowerment of poor and weaker sections of minorities with the goal of development with dignity.