In an exclusive with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, PM Modi said, "My understanding is that they are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional. Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India - they will not want anything bad for India."
After his laudable statement, the reactions poured in not only from the BJP leaders, but also from many Muslim leaders, leaving Congress cornered.
As per a report published in CNN IBN, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said, "Indian Muslims don't need a certificate from anyone. Modi is saying this as he is going to US where he was keen to get a visa. There is sizeable Muslim population in US."
However, the Muslim leaders took Modi's remarks in a very supportive way.
Cleric Mufti Mukarram was quoted as saying, "We welcome what PM Modi has said. PM's remarks are a reply to those accusing us of love jihad. PM's remarks are a reply to those trying to create a rift."
Modi's trusted Muslim advisor, Zafar Sareshwala said, "What Modi is thinking about Muslims is nothing new. We knew about it earlier and now the entire world knows it. Modi's statement is a big slap on the face of the Muslims who used to question Modi's views about Muslims."
Meanwhile, BJP's Muslim leaders- Shahnawaz Hussain and Union Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah, too hailed Modi's pro-Muslim remarks at a global platform.
Here's how Twitterati reacted to PM Modi's remark, "Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India":
We welcome PM Modi's statement (on Indian Muslims), he is right: Mufti Mukarram, Imam....ANI— Axomiya Jiyori (@SouleFacts) September 19, 2014
Indian Muslims are loyal, need no certificate from any1, PM shud talk to ppl who put allegations on our community: SA Bukhari (Shahi Imam)— ANI (@ANI_news) September 19, 2014
"Indian Muslims will live for India, and die for India," NaMo tells Fareed Zakaria in a world exclusive for CNN IBN. Wow !— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) September 19, 2014
Why did PM felt the need to prove patriotism of Muslims? Why was this Q asked by CNN at first place? Anything on Hindus/ Sikhs/ Christians?— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) September 19, 2014
Adityanath,Aseemanand,Bajrangi,Sakshi Maharaj should say sorry to Muslims now for all those atrocious comments after Modi's statement.— Mehek (@MehekF) September 19, 2014
Whatever stand RSS or BJP may take, but Modi saying "Indian Muslims will live and die for India" is a very bold and much needed statement.— KUMAR ANUBHAV JHA (@KrAnubhavJha) September 19, 2014
There is a general appreciation of interview given by PM Modi to an American media organisation.PM said Indian Muslims live&die for India.— Om Prakash Shah (@MrOmPrakashShah) September 19, 2014
(PM Modi's full CNN interview will be broadcasted at 4.30 pm at CNN IBN on September 21, Sunday.)