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India opposition slams Modi over ‘hate speech’ 

05:25 PM | 22 Apr, 2024
India opposition slams Modi over ‘hate speech’ 

India's opposition has accused prime minister Narendra Modi of making Islamophobic statements after he suggested his political rivals would redistribute the nation's wealth to "infiltrators" if they gained power.

His comments were perceived as targeting India's Muslim minority.

Modi made the remarks on Sunday at a campaign event in Rajasthan, where he addressed the Congress party's manifesto.

He asserted that if the Indian National Congress, the main opposition party, won the elections, they would distribute the country's wealth to "infiltrators" and "those who have more children," implicitly referencing the Muslim community.

Modi claimed the manifesto aimed to "take stock" of women's gold savings and redistribute it.

He also accused Congress of previously stating that Muslims have the first right to the nation's wealth.

"This implies they will collect the people's wealth and give it to whom?" he asked the audience. "To those with more children, to the infiltrators. Should your hard-earned money be given to infiltrators?"

Modi was alluding to a 2006 speech by then-prime minister Manmohan Singh, during Congress's term, where he emphasized empowering minorities for equitable development.

The Congress party dismissed Modi's claims, which emerged shortly after the general election began.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has faced accusations of targeting minority groups, especially Muslims.

Rights organizations report that these groups experience discrimination and violence and live as "second-class" citizens under Modi's leadership—a claim the BJP disputes.

The general election's first phase was held on April 19, with results expected on June 4.

The Muslim community is often portrayed as having larger families, but experts argue this is a misconception that leads to biased treatment.

Opposition leaders from various parties have condemned Modi's comments.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge defended his party's manifesto, emphasizing its commitment to equality and justice for all.

He described Modi's statements as "hate speech" meant to divert attention from the opposition's strong showing in the first phase of polling.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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