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Tripura Muslims patriot, they did not go to Pak: Hussain

Press Trust of India  |  Kulubari (Tripura) 

today said Muslims in are patriots who did not go to after Independence though the state shares a long border with Bangladesh, formerly East

Thousands of Muslims were killed while performing 'namaz' at mosques in Pakistan, but not a single such incident had ever occurred in India, said at an election meeting here in district.

"BJP is not a party of only Narendra Modi, but also a party of It is a party of the common people and it is a secular party, not communal party," he said at the meeting in support of the party candidate in the Muslim majority Boxanagar constituency.

After the partition of in 1947, Muslims did not migrate to East and chose to stay in because they are a patriotic force, Hussain, also BJP spokesman, said.

Muslims comprise around 8 per cent of the population of

The state has a long border with and many Muslims living near the border were evicted or faced various other problems due to erection of the border fencing, but never took up the matter with the Centre, he alleged.

Hussain said when he was the civil aviation minister, he had arranged for direct flight to from Guwahati.

Criticising the ruling CPI(M) led Left Front for allegedly branding the BJP as a communal party, Hussain claimed actually communists are communal.

"Before the crumbling of USSR, many provinces of the country were Muslim majority such as and The communist rulers there had demolished mosques," he said.

The former union said the BJP had won in various states with a sizable portion of Muslim population because they supported the party.

He cited the examples of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and

"Our best friends are Hindus. We all Muslims should be proud that we were born in You would never find friends like Hindus and a country like India," Hussain said.

However, he admitted that in a country of 125 crore there might be some stray incidents of communal violence.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:00 IST