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All India Imam Council President Imam Umer Iliyasi welcoming Prime Minister with a flower bouquet
New Delhi, Jan 20: A delegation of Muslim Ulemas, intellectuals, academicians and other eminent people called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19 at New Delhi.
The delegation congratulated the Prime Minister on the steps taken by the Union Government for inclusive growth, socio-economic and educational empowerment of all sections of the society including the Muslim community and other minorities.
The delegation was appreciative of the Saudi Government’s decision to increase the number of Haj pilgrims from India, and thanked the Prime Minister for having successfully pursued the same.
The delegation, in one voice, supported wholeheartedly the campaign launched by the Prime Minister against corruption and black money. The delegation agreed that the fight against corruption will benefit the poor people including the Minorities the most.
The delegation congratulated the Prime Minister for his efforts to strengthen relations with the countries across the world and said that today every Indian in every corner of the world is instilled with a sense of pride.
Members of the delegation also praised the Prime Minister for his efforts towards Swachh Bharat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the delegation of Muslims
The Prime Minister said that youth in India has successfully resisted radicalization, which has affected several parts of the world today. He said that the credit for this must go to the long, shared heritage of our people; and added that it is now our collective responsibility to take this heritage forward.
The Prime Minister said that the culture, traditions and social fabric of India will never allow the nefarious designs of the terrorists, or their sponsors, to succeed.
The Prime Minister stressed on the importance of education and skill development, which is the key to gainful employment, and uplift from poverty.
Appreciating the Government of Saudi Arabia for its decision to increase the number of Haj pilgrims for India, the Prime Minister asserted that there is a positive image of Indian Muslims abroad.
Members of the delegation included Chief of All India Organisation of Imams of Mosques Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Lt Gen (Retd) Zameeruddin Shah (Vice-Chancellor Aligarh Muslim University), M Y Eqbal, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Talat Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Shahid Siddiqui, Urdu journalist.
Imam Umer Iliyasi speaking at the meeting of Muslim delegation with PM Narendra Modi
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Union Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar were also present on the occasion.